The Autism Toolbox: Work
This "Toolbox" brings together advice, local support, services, activities and resources relating to autism. The name toolbox has been chosen to reflect that anyone, with or without an autism diagnosis, parents and professionals can make use of this information which covers various topics. This section is about work and jobs.
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Supported Internships provide opportunities for young people special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and autism to gain skills and work experience for employment and adulthood. In Buckinghamshire, there are supported internships run by:
- Buckinghamshire Adult Learning
- Buckinghamshire College Group
- and others
The National Autistic Society (NAS) are often looking for volunteers for their offices, schools and services as well as volunteers who can work from home or in their local community. Opportunities range from helpline supporters and parent advisors all the way to school bus drivers and event cheerers!
Buckinghamshire Council offers Work Experience Programmes designed to give you taster of what it's like to work in local government and a chance to develop valuable skills and knowledge. They are not specifically for those with autism, however, they do cover various services/topics such as IT, Business Support, and School Admissions and Transport.
The AuTC offer young people training prior to employment in order to build skills in areas such as creating a curriculum vitae (CV), interview skills and communication for the workplace. They also work with employers to help with recruitment and retention of workers with ASD. One of their specialists will discuss any issues such as expectations of the role, social interactions, communication with others, flexibility and any sensory issues of the employee. AuTC can undertake an audit the workplace environment that will help identify what can be adapted to ensure the employee can work successfully as a member of the team.
Talkback work with individuals to support them into successful paid employment of their choice. They want people with a learning disability and/or autism to feel valued and respected in the workplace and to have the same opportunities as everyone else. Talkback members can also undertake work experience placements, such as horticultural work at the Green Dragon Eco Farm, or retail work at Sainsbury’s. Here members learn the skills required for working life and build the foundations for finding paid work in the future.
Provide information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work. They also have trained advisers to young people with special educational needs, as well as a knowledge of available services.
If you’re disabled or have a physical or mental health condition that makes it hard for you to do your job you may be able to apply for an Access to work grant. An Access to Work grant can pay for:
- special equipment, adaptations or support worker services to help you do things like answer the phone or go to meetings.
- help getting to and from work.
Work directly with disabled people, and parents and carers of disabled children: Providing a Direct Payments support service to help people arrange and manage their own personalised care and support. We offer banking, payroll, and recruitment services so people can manage their own budgets and personal assistants.
The National Autistic Society (NAS) has plenty of useful information available on managing money including your rights, budgeting, saving, bank accounts and insurance.
Two autistic brothers looking for a job open their own comic shop.
The National Autistic Society has put together this guide on recruiting an autistic employee with the thing to pay attention to when creating application forms, writing job descriptions, and performing interviews.