The autism employment gap: too much information in the workplace

National Autistic Society
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This report looks the current autism employment gap, the barriers that exist for people with autism in getting work and sets out what Government and employers need to do to tackle the autism employment gap. The report is based on an online autism and employment survey completed by 2,080 people, focus groups with autistic adults, and a survey of businesses and employers. Results of the online survey found that only 32 per cent of autistic adults were in some kind of paid work, with only 16 per cent in full-time paid work. Over three-quarters of those in the survey who were unemployed wanted to work. The report looks at the benefits of increased employment for autistic people, for the individuals themselves and in the workplace. It discusses the role employment support services in helping people with autism gain the skills and confidence to go into work; what employers and colleagues can do to help people with autism secure and retain work, though the recruitment process, work adjustments and greater understanding. The report provides recommendations for Government, local authorities, third sector and employers to help them tackle the autism employment gap. Recommendations include the development of an awareness raising programme for employers and specialist autism employment support. (Edited publisher abstract)

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autism, autistic spectrum conditions, employment, surveys;
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United Kingdom
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