Ambitious about Autism
Ambitious about Autism have advice and tips for autistic people looking for employment.
They also have links to other initiatives to help people with neurodevelopmental conditions enter the workplace.
The National Autistic Society (NAS)
The National Autistic Society (NAS) provide a variety of work programmes, training and resources for autistic jobseekers and employers looking to benefit from hiring a more diverse workforce.
The National Autistic Society (NAS) ‘Finding Employment’ free online course
This online course is for autistic people looking for employment to help them find out more about:
- The steps involved in applying for a job
- Understanding your own strengths and abilities
- Choosing a role
- Tips on writing a CV and/or cover letter
- Interview skills
- Starting work and reasonable adjustments
Access to Work
The Government website has information about the Access to Work grant. Access to Work can provide practical and financial support to help you overcome barriers to starting or keeping a job, if you have a disability or long term physical or mental health condition.
- Who can get help
- What you may get
- How to claim
- How to ask for your case to be reviewed
The Disability Rights UK website also has a detailed factsheet dedicated to Access to Work and how it could help you secure and maintain employment.
Exceptional Individuals is a neurodiverse social enterprise that provides consulting, recruitment and employment support to employers and individuals with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and autism.
“As a neurodiverse social enterprise, it is our desire and responsibility to reflect what we encourage in our own business, which is why we ensure we have a richly diverse and neurodiverse team.
Out of the team of eighteen, over half are neurodiverse, and we believe this adds different perspectives, more creativity and social satisfaction to our working lives.”
Disability Confident Employment Scheme
Disability Confident is an employment scheme that supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled and neurodivergent people can bring to their workplaces.
The scheme has a list of inclusive employers that can be downloaded here
National Paid Work Opportunities
A range of organisations are working with employers to create a range of accessible job opportunities and support to candidates to access these opportunities:
- The National Autistic Society, Autism at Work Programme
- Exceptional Individuals – view job opportunities and discover partner organisations that have met their standards to be neurodiverse friendly
- Ambitious About Autism – work experience opportunities and support to candidates