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
To complete the course firstly set up an online account – Autism Online Training
Next, click here to access the course- Finding employment online course
The National Autistic Society (NAS) online course ‘Finding Employment for Autistic Job Seekers’
Running until 20th September 2023 this series of free sessions run by The National Autistic Society’s Vanda Latchford aims to help autistic job seekers find employment.
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
Click here to visit the Disability Rights UK website which 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.
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
Offering specialist care and support for adults and young people with neurodivergent conditions, learning disabilities and related conditions. This includes in work support for employees and apprentices.
A registered charity with the mission statement:
To support autistic people to have fulfilling and productive working relationships in inclusive and positive environments. We do this by:
- Enabling autistic people to find and be successful in suitable work
- Encouraging providers of work to employ autistic people and recognise the benefits they can bring to the workplace