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The following organisations provide online information (and sometimes targeted help and advice) for autistic adults and those with autistic spectrum conditions in connection with employment: supported employment, preparing for work, job hunting, job opportunities, careers and working age benefits.
National Autistic Society (NAS):
The NAS offers advice for autistic people on looking for a job, as well as information for autistic people in work and for their employers or prospective employers.
The NAS are currently running an important campaign about autism and employment as part of the Too Much Information campaign. You can see it here on their website:
There is a video clip to watch about the difficulty of interview situations for autistic people, a campaign to get involved in, a report to download on the employment gap for autistic people and “A job searching and employment preparation workbook for autistic people”, also to download.
Go to this webpage for further information: where you will find advice to autistic employees and to job-seekers.
Advice to employers and prospective employers of autistic people from the National Autistic Society can also be found on these pages:
Sheffield Autistic Society: pages on employment
Here you will find a list of organisations in Sheffield which offer help with getting autistic people into employment, and with supporting them in employment. There are also links to many of the local and national organisations listed below.
You can download from the above page of the Sheffield Autistic Society website:
- "Pathways to Employment", The Autism Centre for Supported Employment's excellent guide (see below).
- Sheffield's "Fair City Employer Charter For Autistic Adults - A Guide for Employers"
Sheffield or South Yorkshire based organisations providing autism specific support or help into employment
The Autism Centre for Supported Employment:
To find paid work and work experience placements for working aged adults who are on the Autistic Spectrum.
Give specialist support to our clients as well as advise and support their employer so that each individual gets the best out of the experience.
Break down barriers so people who have Autism will be recognised for who they are as individuals."
See especially their resources page
The Autism Centre for Supported Employment also produce a guide "Pathways to Employment". This is highly recommended and can be downloaded from the Sheffield Autistic Society page on employment:
Specialist Employment Support for adults with Autism
"First Routes is a specialist employment service delivered by Autism Plus which aims to help increase confidence and employability skills of individuals with Autism or Asperger Syndrome. Our support is tailored to suit individual needs with the ultimate goal of moving individuals towards independence."
0114 384 0284
"Spectrum E stands for Engage, Empower and Employment. Spectrum E offers free personalised and person-centred, in-work support to individuals with autism or on the autism spectrum, Asperger syndrome, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, ADD or learning disabilities, people with physical disabilities, mental health issues or long term conditions."
Spectrum E do not have a website but you can contact:
Shuchi Harris : Director
Sheffield or South Yorkshire based organisations providing support or help into employment for a range of disabilities
Sheffield City Council - Opportunity Sheffield
Opportunity Sheffield run a number of programmes, some of which are aimed at helping disabled people into work as well as encouraging employers to recognise the talents disabled people can bring to their companies or organisations. There is a lot of important information under this page, (though it is not clear why it is listed under "schools / childcare".)
(NB also Skills Made Easy, a Sheffield City Council website about apprenticeship recruitment: These opportunities are not specifically aimed at those with special needs or disabilities. There is also a live list of vacancies available via this webpage.)
A charity which works mainly with young people aged 14 to 25 and offers help and advice with
Big Ambitions Sheffield
"We are working on creating a long lasting impact by:
Supporting unemployed individuals with disabilities and health conditions to gain sustainable employment
Support those in work with disabilities and health conditions to retain employment
Support local businesses with their skills, recruitment, and retention needs
Work with local businesses to become an ’employer of choice’. Supporting with quality marks and diversifying the workforce."
First Step Trust / Smart Venue Coffee
Smart Venue Coffee is a social enterprise in Sheffield run by First Step Trust. "We provide training and employment opportunities for disadvantaged members of our community to support them back into work. "
For more information see the website:
For more information about First Step Trust see;
Information on employment support:
Voluntary Action Sheffield - Volunteering opportunities
"Sheffield Volunteer Centre is part of Voluntary Action Sheffield. It gives support to people who want to volunteer and organisations who involve volunteers."
National Organisations specifically employing people with Autism or Aspergers (IT specialists)
"At Autism Works, we try, where possible, to tailor our organisation to offer employees with an autism spectrum condition the opportunity to use their unique skills. Rather than our employees having to ‘fit in’ within a conventional working environment, at Autism Works, we look at where we can shape our working environment around your skills and needs, enabling your condition to become an asset rather than an impairment."
About Auticon - All consultants are on the autism spectrum
More than 80 autistic colleagues across Europe (UK, DE, FR)
Projects in software testing, development, data, compliance & security.
Other National Organisations
BASE (British Association for Supported Employment)
"Are you a disabled job seeker? The British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) has lots of information to help you in your search for the right job, whatever your disability."
"Shaw Trust is a national charity providing employment opportunities, skills development training and health and well-being services across the UK. We operate charitable social enterprises, retail shops and work alongside Shaw Education Trust, which runs a diverse chain of academy schools."
"Remploy exists to improve the lives of disabled people and those with complex needs through the power of work. We believe that everyone has something to offer. So we work to find their strengths. Once we know their skills, we match them to proper jobs with carefully chosen employers who help them achieve."
Remploy Sheffield Facebook page:
Mencap offers help and guidance to those with a learning disability who are seeking employment:
The organisation also has guidance and resources for employers who may consider employing people with a learning disability:
Other National Listings:
You will find further listings here:
"We help you to find autism services, advice and support"
Government Websites and Publications
Job Centre Plus
Sheffield JobCentre Plus
Specialist Employability Support programmes
including Access to Work, Work Choice and the Work Programme
Government Green Paper on Helping Disabled People into Work
On 31st October 2016 the Department for Work and Pensions and Department of Health published “new plans to help more people with long term conditions reap the benefits of work and improve their health”:
Sheffield is to be one of two trial areas: “Large scale trials are to be created using the Innovation Fund. The first trial areas are expected to be the West Midlands Combined Authority and Sheffield City Region. Seed funding is being provided to support the design stage. Trials could begin in spring 2017.”
Employing disabled people and people with health conditions: Guidance to Employers
Disability Confident scheme - Information for Employers
Disability Confident: how to sign up to the employer scheme:
Information about Working Age Benefits
Jobseeker's Allowance Online
Employment Support Allowance (DWP)
Voluntary organisations / charities offering advice and support to claimants:
Disability Rights UK
"An interactive factsheet designed to give you an idea of the help and support you can get. It includes links to information on benefits, tax credits, housing grants, independent living, education and other help, including help provided by your council/local authority":
Benefits and Work
"With over 140,000 subscribers our fortnightly updates bulletin is the UK's leading source of benefits news. Get the facts about what's changing, how it affects you and how to prepare."
"It's important to make sure that you get all the help that you're entitled to. These pages give you information on benefits and tax credits if you are working or unemployed, sick or disabled, a parent, a young person, an older person or a veteran. There is also information about council tax and housing costs, national insurance, payment of benefits and problems with benefits."
Citizens Advice (Sheffield Offices)
A list of centres where you can get help and advice locally:
University Career Services
University of Sheffield Careers Service
Sheffield Hallam University Careers Support and Advice
Autism Friendly Employment Award (for employers)
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