Pauline Latham, MP from Mid-Derbyshire, is backing up a campaign intended to gain the Government’s attention to seek more help for autistic people with increased employment opportunities.
Mrs. Lattham inaugurated the new report from National Autistic Society (NAS) and started the campaign for individuals with autism, in the parliament session held on 31st of October.
The report brings to light that the realistic employment options of people with autism is noticeably low. It also highlights the various measures that could be taken by the Government and the employers to extend employment opportunities to adults with high functioning autism.
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Pauline firmly believes that such a low employment rate could be overcome when businesses and Governments come together and work out a forward-looking strategy to increase employability among autistic individuals.
Interestingly, the NAS report coincided with the launch of Work, Health and Disability green paper by the Government. In their website, the UK government says that,
Government data indicates that it intends to increase the employment rate among disabled from 47% to 64%, the society’s report highlights that actual employment is a much lesser 32%.
Interestingly, almost 77% of unemployed disabled people showed eagerness to work.
Mark Lever, the Society Chief pointed out that people with autism are easily overlooked when it comes to regular full time employment.
Employers, on the other hand, did show keenness in recruiting people with autism, however, they lacked the know-how on it.
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Already, global companies like Microsoft and a few others have started to employ autistic people. With the green paper in process, the Government is hopeful that the number of companies interested in hiring individuals with Autism is expected to increase in near future.