Today, we present how if we drive the digital age by empowering it with new employees who are autistic, we can provide employment, careers and life changing opportunities; we will show how early interventions can lead to lifelong opportunities for all, particularly those focused with skills in IT.
There is a huge un-tapped potential in the 700,000+ people in the UK who are on the autism spectrum.
Only 16 per cent of autistic adults are estimated to be in full-time paid work, according to the National Autistic Society. Yet Steve Silberman, author of ‘NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity’, says that many, if given the right help, could find employment and develop successful careers.
It’s time to match this potential talent to jobs and employment opportunities where characteristics such as attention to detail, adherence to patterns, the ability to repeat tasks and loyalty are prized; our digital age has created both an ideal workplace and can now offer jobs in IT and other industries or sectors for this potentially highly-talented group.
A number of organisations have partnered with us putting on this event, advocating their positive support for both this event and people with autism in the workplace.
We’re on the road to making a difference - we’re calling on you all to help make that difference and to empower the digital age with IT skilled people who are more capable because they’re on the spectrum and in our sights.
In the UK forward-looking companies such as Auticon, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Deutsche Bank Harry Spectres Chocolates and Specialisterne have seen and are acting on the great potential offered by autistic workers; there are growing opportunities for employment – but this can be best driven by early-years provision of services, support and financing that are at presently woeful in the school system and as they reach adulthood it often becomes non-existent.
We'll be using this new extended network opportunity to capture tangible action items to constructively move the situation forward and hopefully re-assemble next year to progress further.
Any proceeds will be donated to charities supporting autism in employment