Employment News

The pattern seekers

Simon Baron-Cohen, a leading authority on autism, has written a book called The pattern seekers.      It explains a new theory of human invention, unpicking the instincts and processes that have driven human progress.       He concludes that the great engine of our advancement as a species has been autistic behaviour.       Click icon for a book review.       See also:  Library        Good reads         Amazon         The book may be at bit heavy going, though, if you have no medical qualifications.

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Earlier employment news seemed to come from the USA but there have been development to report in the UK more recently.

Pints of progress

Spotlight Brewery is a social brew collective, providing training and work for people with learning disabilities.         Click icon to listen to a BBC podcast about it.

Ultranauts

Ultranauts was set up to demonstrate that neurodiversity can be a competitive advantage.       At the New York-based quality engineering start-up,  75% of workers are on the autistic spectrum.       Click icon to read about it.

DVLA U-turn

The DVLA has reversed its decision on disclosure for people with autism.       Drivers with autism will only need to disclose diagnosis if their driving is affected.        Click icon for article, dated 5 Mar 2019.

Experts by experience

Have you used NHS services?        Four openings for paid employment for people with learning disabilities in Lincolnshire by the NHS were publicised in 2017.        Click icon to find out about it or have a look at this summary.         Update (2018)

28 years of service

An autistic man was told that he wouldn’t last a month in his job, but now he is to retire after 28 years of service.         Shaun Condon, 54, worked for almost three decades as a cleaner at Newport Bus in Wales.

Trail-blazing companies

Read about what these four major companies are doing for autism employment.        Click icon for article

Fixing appliances

A teenager with Asperger’s in Portland, Oregon has found a friendly supplier of old appliances to get working and sell on.       See  article.

Building careers

One tech start-up’s quest to build careers for people with autism in California.        See article

Ford is hiring

Ford has announced that it will be launching a pilot programme to hire people on the autistic spectrum.        This is in partnership with Autism Alliance of Michigan.         See article.

A teenager named Sam

It can be difficult finding employment when you are on the spectrum, but here is an example of a young man who was able to work behind the bar at Starbucks!

Supported work

The fuss over Lord Freud’s comment, in October 2014, that some disabled people are “not worth” the minimum wage may seem worrying for some.        All the main political parties were at pains to state that all disabled people should continue to be paid at least the minimum wage, though, which gives some reassurance.

There is already a wage subsidy scheme for the benefit of a particular group of disabled employees.       This forms part a a broader package of support for people with disabilities.       You may qualify for this support if you are awarded Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).         Here is a page that tells you How to claim ESA.

Mind campaign

Mind, the mental health charity, believe that mainstream Back to Work schemes are inappropriate for people with mental health issues.        If you agree it might be worth giving their Report summary a look.

But does this apply to people on the autistic spectrum?         See Mental health & autism

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