Support in Work

Some people benefit from having continued support in work, through a support worker, buddy scheme or having someone to talk through any issues at work with. This can sometimes be provided by Access to Work, or sometimes from an external support agency. It is also an option to use Self Directed Support funds to pay for support.

You can decide to start receiving support at any time in your employment, if you did not ask for this when you started, but now think you would benefit from it, this is fine. Sometimes it is hard to know how easy or difficult you will find certain parts of your job until you have been doing them for a few weeks or months.

If your employer doesn’t know how to arrange support for you, you can direct them to our website here.

If you feel your employer and/or your colleagues don’t know much about autism and this is making things difficult, there are organisations that can provide training or information sessions for them. Information about this can also be found on our ‘Information for Employers’ page.

If you have difficulties at work and would like someone outside of your workplace to talk to about them, you could contact the organisations below.

It is against the law for an organisation to discriminate against you because you are on the autism spectrum – if you feel like this has happened you can find out more information about what you can do about it on the Equality and Human Rights Commission website here.

If you would like further information about any of the above, or would like to know more about what support is available to you, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss this with you.

You can also visit our Useful Links and Documents page to find further information about autism and employment.