Project information

Employment Support for Adults with Autism

The service aims to offer individuals with high functioning autism a specialised understanding of Asperger’s Syndrome in the context of job seeking, thus improving their confidence and chances of finding suitable and appropriate employment.

on-going

Charity information: Autism Wessex

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  • Need

    Need

    The very nature of Asperger’s syndrome being a social/communication and a ‘hidden’ disability often causes fundamental misunderstandings between those affected and even experienced employment advisers. Despite their willingness and ability to work, these individuals often fall foul of the mainstream job seeking process.

    Solution

    The service focuses on 6 main areas:
    • 1 to 1 initial assessment/ analysis of personal skills, interests, experience and employment ambitions
    • group discussions about work in which clients can compare and contrast experiences with their peer group
    • advice, guidance and practical support with CV writing, job finding skills and strategies & with job interviews
    • support with finding and participating in work experience placements

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    assist adults with autism in seeking appropriate employment

    Activities

    » 1 to 1 initial assessment/ analysis of personal skills, interests, experience and employment ambitions
    » group discussions about the world of work in which clients can compare and contrast experiences with their peer group
    » advice, guidance and practical support with CV writing, job finding skills and strategies and with job interviews
    » support with finding and participating in work experience placements support with job-related issues for those already in work

    Success will be demonstrated with the number of adults assisted in this process during a given period


    Aim 2

    Establish a social enterprise firm

    Activities

    » operate a painting and decorating service to members of the Society and parents

    Success will be jobs obtained and completed by the social firm


  • Impact

    Impact

    Giving adults the opportunity to seek employment and then assist with retaining positions etc will have a major impact on inividuals self worth, plus will improve chances for maintaining individuals own income and independence.

    Risk

    Risks with employers.Maintain dialogues with businesses that recruit adults with autism, offer advice and training to colleagues to ensure the needs of the individual with autims are met.

    Reporting

    6 monthly reports detailing the number of individuals supported and the outcomes.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £35,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £26,200 salary officer annual salary & expenses
      £5,000 management costs costs over 12 months
      £2,000 office costs costs over 12 months
      £1,800 equipment laptop, printer, telephone costs etc
  • Background

    Location

    The project is in Dorset, with the officer based in our office in Dorchester

    Beneficiaries

    Adults with autism in the Dorset area

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the leading provider of autism specialised facilities and supports in the Dorset and Wessex region - we have 42 years experience of providing for people affected by autism

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Employment Support Officer

    Will offer adults with autism in the Wessex region access to professional advice, information and support relating to employment