Autism and Employment (World Autism Awareness Week)

Ref: C3533112

According to the Office of National Statistics, only 22% of autistic people of working age are in any kind of paid employment. In addition, the Government's new National Strategy for Autistic Children, Young People and Adults 2021-2026 (Department of Health and Department of Social Care) has devoted a who section to initiatives that may remove some of the barriers that autistic people may experience with respect to employment. This lecture raises awareness of the barriers autistic people may experience at any stage of the application and employment process. It also considers how colleagues and employers may work positively towards making a more inclusive environment for people with autism and/or other forms of neurodiversity.

Course aim

This lecture will raise awareness of the difficulties individuals with autism may face with respect to gaining and maintaining employment, and make clear the positive potential of a more neurodiverse workforce.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

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

  • name at least three potential barriers that individuals with autism may experience with respect to finding and maintaining employment.
  • name at least three potential strengths and benefits that people with autism may bring to a workplace
  • list at least two reasonable adjustments that employers could make to help individuals to find and keep employment.
  • list at least two things colleagues could do if they work with someone with autism.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

This lecture is interactive, therefore a good internet connection is required.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Autism and Employment (World Autism Awareness Week)

Enrolment 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
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  • 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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