Autism and employability
Every child and young person should have the hope of a happy and rewarding adulthood. Getting the right preparation and support is the key to success. Research tells us that a core part of this preparation is access to further education and training beyond school and support in developing employability skills through careers advice and work experience.
But as it stands, young people with autism are being failed. They do not have access to the same opportunities and support as young people without a disability and, as a result, their chance of living a happy and rewarding adulthood are poor.
- 75% of young people with autism do not continue their education beyond school.
- 19% of young people with autism tell us they had good careers advice.
- 16% of adults with autism are in full time employment.
- Failure to support young people with autism costs the UK £32 billion, more than heart disease, stroke and cancer combined
- Young people with autism report experiencing poverty, isolation and mental health issues.
With the right support and opportunities, we know young people with autism can achieve. Not only is it our moral duty to reverse the fate of a generation of children and young people with autism, but it makes social and economic sense.
At Ambitious about Autism, we have developed a preparing for adulthood programme, which supports all children and young people with autism, whatever their needs, to prepare for a fulfilling adulthood.
Our award-winning Autism Exchange programme aims to address the issue of employability, focussing specifically on improving careers advice and increasing the number of young people with autism who are in paid work.