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Poor support for autistic jobseekers

13th October 2009

The National Autistic Society has warned that people with autism are sentenced to poverty because they are not given good employment prospects or benefits.


The charity said a national strategy should be put in place so that autistic people were offered help to find jobs.

NAS chief executive Mark Lever said autistic people often felt "anxiety, confusion, delays and discrimination" when they used job-finding services.

The NAS has launched a campaign called "Don't Write Me Off" to call attention to the issue. The charity said most of the 300,000 autistic adults in the UK wanted to find work but only 15% held down full-time jobs.

The NAS pointed to the fact that many people employed by the JobCentre Plus do not understand about the condition. It has called for autism coordinators to be brought in to liaise between staff and employers.


Mr Lever said: "It is absolutely vital [autistic people] are able to access the right help and services if seeking employment and are supported financially when they cannot work."

In a statement, the Department for Work and Pensions said: "We understand that people with autism have complex needs so we have arrangements in place to help, such as bringing along someone to represent them in adviser interviews if needed." 


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