Introduction to Autism in the Workplace

Ref: C3533393

In 2021, the Office of National Statistics published data that showed only 22% of autistic people were in any kind of paid employment. Additionally, the National Autistic Society show that autistic people may experience barriers at every stage of their search for employment including, the wording of advertisements, the application process, the interview, induction and retaining employment. This taster session will examine some of the factors that may lead to barriers in employment for autistic people, and look at ways that we may not only increase the acceptance of autism in the workplace, but also why in the unique context of twenty first century Britain, we should embrace the positive influence of a neurodiverse workforce.

Additional information about this course

For WCA learners only

Course aim

To provide a brief introduction to how we may make reasonable adjustments to accept and support autistic people in the workplace and in terms of preparation for work.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • An understanding of at least four barriers that autistic people may face when seeking employment or undertaking employment.
  • Knowledge of the positive impact autistic people can bring to the workforce.
  • A basic familiarity with legislation related to equality of opportunities and autism.
  • Familiarity with at least two approaches that may be helpful for autistic people in the workplace
  • Knowledge of the heterogeneity of autism.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

This course will be delivered by Zoom so participants will require a connection to the Internet.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Introduction to Autism in the Workplace

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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