How employing autistic people can be a huge advantage

The Guardian reports on how some companies are recognising the skills that autistic people can bring to a job and are actively seeking to recruit them. Companies such as BT, software company SAS and the government intelligence and security centre GCHQ, which offer work experience or internship for autistic people. John Harris visited Auticon, the German company which employs 15 autistic IT consultants in its London office and talks to Cath Leggett, who is an employment consultant at the National Autistic Society (NAS). He also talks to a couple of autistic employees about the challenges they face at work and how these can be overcome.

Only 16% of autistic adults are in full-time employment, about half those who who have found work experience bullying, and 4 in 10 have never worked according to the NAS. Ray Cole, CEO of Auticon UK office, says "an awful lot more needs to be done around the workplace. If you’re talking about over 1% of the population, that’s way too many people just to ignore."

Read our exclusive article from Auticon on creating sustainable employment for autistic adults 

Date added: 10 October 2017