Employing people with autism won't hurt your bottom line but it will enrich your front line

One in 100 people in the UK are estimated to have autism spectrum condition (ASC), which accounts for more than 600,000 people. Only 12% of those are in full-time employment, compared to 49% of people with general disabilities. However, research suggests that people with ASC thrive in a structured, well organised environment and can be excellent employees when their strengths are nurtured. A theory popularised by Channel 4 programmes Kitchen Impossible, fronted by chef Michel Roux Jr, and The Autistic Gardener.

Parent charity Autism Initiatives’ mission is to meet the needs of people with autism, their families and carers by providing a range of services that are personal, professional and innovative. With the new Care Act legislature promising to connect more adults with their communities in England, Autism Initiatives believe there has never been a better opportunity for local businesses to follow in Roux Jr’s footsteps and employ recruits with autism.

With employment opportunities for people with autism gaining public attention on TV shows like Kitchen Impossible and The Autistic Gardener, Merseyside-based charity Autism Initiatives is empowering local businesses to reap the rewards of employing people with autism.

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18th November 2015
Liverpool Echo