Review to boost the employment prospects of autistic people

Posted on April 20th, 2023

On 2 April 2023 the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), in association with UK autism and research charity Autistica, announced a government review to boost the employment prospects of autistic people, to close employment gaps and to help grow the economy.

The press release from the DWP states that fewer than 3 in 10 people with autism are in work. Sir Robert Buckland KC MP, who will be heading up the review, aims to change that.

Identify the barriers

Businesses, employment organisations, specialist support groups and, crucially, autistic people will be asked to help identify the barriers to securing and retaining work and to progressing within their careers.

Examples of good practice

The review will look at existing examples where good practices have enabled neurodiverse employees to thrive at work. Support and adjustments recommended by the review may also support other conditions such as ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia. The review will therefore look to the wider benefits of support to various neurodiverse employees.

The full press release can be found here.

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