Information for Service Providers & Professionals

Information for service providers & practitioners involved in autism and employability

Supporting autistic people into work is complex and multi-faceted with a range of policies, support programmes and initiatives all aiming to improve employment outcomes for all disabled people.

There is no single agency that provides support pre-employment, with employment searching and in employment. A wide range of statutory, private and third sector, specialist and disability agencies are involved. Likewise there are no autism-specific employment strategies or policies. Therefore a growing number of agencies are involved across Scotland.

In 2013, a ‘Summary Guide to Employment Policy, Structures and Initiatives in Scotland’ was produced to give ‘non-employment sector’ professionals key information to help understand this complex landscape.

There are links to many different organisations that provide employability to support and advice to autistic people on our ‘Useful Links and Documents‘ page. The National Autistic Society also has a page for supported employment professionals on their website.

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.