We know how important it is for autistic people to be in work. It boosts their confidence and independence, and brings them into a community. But currently, only 16% of autistic adults in the UK are in full-time paid employment, and 40% suffer from anxiety and depression.

    

In many cases, parents and carers continue to provide a huge amount of support as their children reach adulthood, while autistic people can feel powerless and directionless.

That’s why our Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE) in Cambridge will make it a priority to create a programme that helps autistic people gain skills and confidence to help them pursue the career they want. We aim to teach life skills that will help open doors to meaningful work placements.

Why work is so important

Being in work transforms lives by:

  • Improving mental health
  • Creating a sense of belonging and acceptance of difference
  • Make a person feel valued 

Our plans

We want to use training, group workshops and counselling to: 

  • Provide support across all ages, by, for example, teaching routine life skills
  • Help families access the right education
  • Provide guidance for coping with anxiety in the playground, classroom or workplace
  • Help with preparation for job interviews and work placements

But we won’t stop there. We want to set up a national employment advice centre, an autistic training centre and a social enterprise hub. They will open doors to a wide range of employment fields, from global companies to local artisan bakeries, yoga centres and bike repair workshops.

Employers aren’t always clear on where to find information on supporting autistic employees. We’ll reach out and encourage them to create work experience and employment opportunities for autistic people. We will mentor them through the whole employment process, from finding autistic talent to autism awareness training for existing employees.

Support us 

By donating to the ACE you can help us revolutionise the career prospects of people with autism, giving them the chance to fulfil their potential.

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