autism

Why autism needn't be a barrier to finding a job

Ross is a Culinary Apprentice through the Lighthouse Futures Trust and loves his job

Autism and learning difficulties can often make recruitment difficult – for both the candidate and the employer. Can local forums help overcome such barriers to finding a job, and enable companies to make their workforce more diverse?

Here Sue Webster, Employer Engagement Officer at SkillsHouse Bradford and Caron Munro, Development and Programme Manager at Lighthouse Futures Trust, discuss with UCan2 the Employers’ Forum in Yorkshire which has been set up to find more people a suitable job. 

When it comes to getting young people with autism or learning difficulties into work, what are the most common barriers to recruitment?

Blenheim Joins Forces With Farming Charity

Blenheim Staff with Farming Charity staff

Blenheim is working with an Oxfordshire-based farming charity to host working visits for people with learning disabilities and autism.

A team of co-farmers from FarmAbility will be making regular visits to the Blenheim Estate to assist in a variety of hands-on animal and land-based activities.

The initiative is part of a series of community-based charitable programmes supported by Blenheim as part of its goal to double its charitable contributions within a decade.

FarmAbility is a farm-based programme for co-farmers, who are people over the age of 16 with learning disabilities and often also with autistic spectrum disorder.

What would you do? By Tina Waltz

What would you do? By Tina Waltz

Tina Waltz is the Support Lead for The Roses, an Autism Accredited service run by Hightown Housing Association, providing supported living for people with Autism and Learning Disabilities. Tina has worked at the service since it opened 15 years ago.

Picture the scene. You see a man shouting. He’s with a woman who seems to be trying to calm him down. Are they a couple? Is she in danger? What should you do?

It can be a difficult decision but take a moment to assess the situation. Is the woman he is with supporting him?

My female colleagues and I have often been out with male service users who are autistic and have learning disabilities and someone has, without asking, stepped in to intervene and made the situation worse.

Are we tackling employment discrimination effectively?

employment discrimination - Chris O’Sullivan from the Mental Health Foundation

by editor Victoria Galligan

Despite disability discrimination being illegal under the Equality Act 2010, many people with disabilities find getting work difficult – either through direct discrimination during the application process, or because health issues affect their working pattern. 

In a recent case, a DWP worker was awarded £26,000 in compensation after his employer was found to have discriminated against him, after he took time off for medical reasons. Barrie Caulcutt had suffered an asthma attack at work and his employer had called him "a whinger". He was given a written warning for taking two and a half days off sick more than he was allowed.

Inclusive Festival raises autism awareness

Anita Keech and Helen Walker - the Inclusive Festival

Options Autism is proud to be hosting its annual Inclusive Festival in Scunthorpe on Sunday 12 August, welcoming both families affected by autism as well as the wider local community to enjoy festival fun at this relaxed and safe open-air event. Organised by professionals from Options Autism, part of Outcomes First Group – the national provider of care and education to children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs and learning difficulties – the festival aims to raise awareness of autism, to fundraise and help integrate members of the community.

Where?

College's FestABLE is dedicated to specialist learning

Sally Phillips FestABLE

Youtubers, assistive technology experts and professionals working with young people who have special educational needs and disabilities will gather for the UK’s first national festival dedicated to specialist learning. Young people have helped plan FestABLE’s diverse programme which includes all sorts from the chance to go in the country’s only wheelchair-accessible hot air balloon and play with eye-gaze controlled computer games, to sessions on speech and occupational therapy, Education, Health and Care plans, early autism intervention, SEND reform and removing the barriers to achievement.

Autism with Attitude street dance group

Autism with Attitude street dance group

Hip hop dance stars turn out to help Hillingdon Manor School raise money to send Autism with Attitude street dance group to European Championships

 

Boy Blue Entertainment, UMA, Definitive, IMD, Unity and all girl trio Code 3 are among the big names in hip hop who have signed up to appear at a benefit night at the Broadway Theatre in East London on January 20th 2018 to raise money to send street dance group Autism with Attitude, a group of 12 to 15 young people with autism, from Hillingdon Manor School, Uxbridge to the United Dance Organisations (UDO) European Championships in Kalkar in Germany in May 2018.

 

Pocket Nook maintain ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating, providing ‘a warm, caring environment that is a home in its truest sense’

Together Trust residential children’s home Pocket Nook has been awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted following a recent inspection. The Bolton home, accredited by the National Autistic Society, provides residential care for up to five young people who have emotional and/or behavioural difficulties, a physical disability or a learning disability.

Pocket Nook is run by the Together Trust, a leading North West charity which along with specialist education, helps support people with disabilities, learning difficulties and complex health needs through fostering, community and residential care and autism support.

Autism Flash Mob trio gives London a shocker during Big Dance week 2016

Spitalfields, London  3rd July 2016, Anna Kennedy OBE, and her charity Anna Kennedy online with her Charity Champions Mala Thapar and Jo Wiggins Anand worked diligently to showcase a vibrant series of amazing FlashmobsWith Big Dance week kicking off in London over the weekend, it was an opportunity to showcase the Anna Kennedy Online Charity and to raise Autism Awareness with a difference!

SEASIDE DREAM FOR MERYEM

Cambridgeshire woman with a learning disability and autism is receiving support to realise her lifetime dream – to live by the sea.

Meryem Kizilgol, aged 32, lives in Alderton House, a 10-bedroom specialist residential care home in Littleport, near Ely, Cambridgeshire operated by Regard, the UK’s fourth biggest care provider for people with learning disabilities.