Presentation on theme: "Autism and Employment Greater Manchester Autism Consortium"— Presentation transcript:
1 Autism and Employment Greater Manchester Autism Consortium Planning for success: Investing inthe futureWednesday 21st May 2014
2 socialeyesThe Socialeyes project was delivered as a joint venture between Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council and Pure Innovations. It ran between September and December 2013.Delivery was planned using the National Autistic Society Resource Socialeyes: Exploring the social world with people on the autism spectrum. This resource was developed alongside people on the autism spectrum, it identifies eight social skills that people may have difficulties with and provides opportunities for them to work on strategies for overcoming those difficulties.
3 socialeyesDelivery was through a range of group based activities, DVD, facilitated group discussion and individual discussion.
4 socialeyes Starting a conversation Eye contact Personal space Taking turns in a conversationKeeping on topicTalking about interestsSensitive topicsEnding a conversation
5 socialeyes Things I’m Pleased about: socialeyesThings I’m Pleased about:Facilitators talked to me as me, didn’t talk down to meGetting outMeeting different peopleHelped me understand my disability more – usually guarded about itMore aware of others – no two people with the condition are the sameMade me look at different work ideas for the futureGood to meet other people who have Asperger’s – I don’t really know anyone elseKeeping in mind the wholeness of the course in the back of my head. Not saying it out loud, but thinking about itRelaxed – comfortable to mixThings I’m concerned about:People don’t understand how huge Asperger’s is and the differences between people
6 socialeyes Things I have tried: Not to go around in circles Talking to people, bearing in mind not to go around the housesStanding at arms lengthStanding at arm’s length – especially with womenTo look at people when I talk to them, I think about it all the time.Learnt:Stick to the point (Have you in the back of my head, and my mum)It’s a hidden disability, people can’t see stumbling blocksI tend to just blurt things outThe anxiety I feel in social situations can lead to being seen as secretiveTo mix without tensionsCommon interests are good and help to make conversationTo start being confident againStill learning about what Autism isRecommendations:Possibly a mixed groupPeople need to commit so they don’t forget and the group can gel.
7 Let’s talk Autism in the Workplace BREAKFAST SEMINARS Imperial War Museum 14th June Cheadle House Stockport 5th July 2013
11 Some facts about Autism and Employment Only 15% of people with autism are in full time employmentA further 9% are in part time employmentThat is compared to 31% of people across all disabilities in full time employment
13 Some facts about Autism and Employment More than a quarter of graduates with autism are unemployed. That is the highest rate of any group of people with disabilities nationallyOnly 10% of people with autism receive support in finding work but 53% would like it37% of adults with autism have never had a paid job after the age of 16 and 41% of people over the age of 55 have spent a period of more than 10 years without a paid job* Statistics taken from “I Exist” and AGCAS website
15 Next steps We don’t expect anyone to be an expert in autism. But can you do one of the following?Look at your workplace and see what you can do to make the environment “autism friendly”Look at your policies on recruitment/interview/internships etc.Make a follow-up appointment with usThanks!