Special event to inform local buinesses of the benefits of employing people with autism

PUBLISHED: 12:03 17 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:03 17 February 2017

Autistic people can benefit employers

Autistic people can benefit employers


Only 16 per cent of autistic adults are in full-time paid work

A special event will be held next week to inform local businesses of the benefits of employing those on the autistic spectrum.

The National Autistic Society has launched a campaign to raise awareness of autism among employers after is was revealed only 16 per cent of people with the condition are in full-time paid work.

The event will feature opportunities to speak to some of the businesses that employ autistic people, as well as a chance to speak to the people themselves.

It will be held at the Helen Allison School in Meopham and attended by businesses and elected representatives from Dartford and Gravesend.

Councillor Mandy Garford has three children on the autistic spectrum and has been involved in the organisation of the event while working to raise autism awareness in Dartford.

She said: “I am hoping that events like these will allow companies and businesses to feel more confident in employing those on the autistic spectrum. My vision is to see a community where everyone is embraced and everyone has a value.”

The meeting will be held on Thursday, February 23 and will run from 7pm until 9pm.

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