Information for Employers

This section aims to provide an overview of useful information, resources and supports that can help employers to create a working environment in which both autistic and non-autistic employees can achieve their potential and give their best to the organisation.

It is often said that “good autism practice is just good practice”, because the small adaptations that might be made to enable an autistic employee to perform to a high standard are often much appreciated by other staff too.

Autistic people have many positive attributes they can bring to the workplace and have huge potential that is currently not being recognised, with only 15% of autistic adults in work (National Autistic Society, 2009). As an employer, you can go some way to changing this situation.

We have filmed some short case studies that show how autistic employees can thrive when they find the right role for them, you can watch these by clicking here. We have also developed fliers and leaflets highlighting the benefits that autistic employees can bring to a business, and what you can do to make a positive difference.

In this section you will find pieces of key information and links to resources and services that can help you to support prospective and existing autistic employees.

This information has been broken down into the following segments:

Further Information and Support

If you would like further information about any of the above, or would like to know more about what support is available to you and your employees, 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.

Autism and Employment Network

Autism Network Scotland facilitates the Autism and Employment Network which aims to provide a forum for sharing information and good practice, highlight common challenges and promote the benefits autistic people can bring to the workplace.

The Employment Network meets quarterly in Glasgow and is currently chaired by Richard Ibbotson (Director, Richmond Fellowship Scotland) and includes representatives from National Autistic Society, Scottish Autism, IntoWork,IWORK4ME, Speaking Literally, Values Into Action Scotland, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Union of Supported Employment, College Development Network,Glasgow and Edinburgh One Stop Shops and others.

If an organisation wishes to be involved in the Employment Network please contact Annie Watson at Autism Network Scotland via our contact page.