Monday, 22 September 2014

Cambridge MP supports campaign to help adults with autism find work

An event designed to improve job opportunities for Cambridge people with autism is being supported by the city’s MP Julian Huppert.

Julian will go to Cambridge Fire Station at Parkside tomorrow (Tuesday, September 23) where employers, people with autism and organisations who support them will be brought together.

The event is being organised by the National Autistic Society between 10am and 2pm.

Julian, who employed a young man with autism for two years in his Cambridge constituency office, has lobbied the government to get more help for adults with autism, pressing for progress on its Adult Autism Strategy which was launched in 2010.

The strategy puts a legal obligation on organisations and the NHS to provide support for people with autism but it has been slow to be implemented.

Julian said: “People with autism in Cambridge tell me they have difficulty finding employment and staying in employment often due to inadequate support or simply because employers don’t understand their condition.

“We have a group of highly intelligent and talented people whose skills could bring huge benefits for our economy and we are in danger of missing out.”

Julian joined forces with Cambridge Regional College and Jobcentre Plus recently to hold a breakfast event to promote the benefits of employing people with Autism.

Around 1 in 100 Cambridge adults are living with autism.