Closed petition Fund autism awareness training for employers and staff

Even in this modern day and age, many employers still have a lack of knowledge and understanding on Autism Spectrum Disorder, why employing someone with autism can benefit the workplace, and how best to help staff with an autism diagnosis, but this needs to change to include this amazing community.

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Many autistic adults get rejected at the interview process, no matter how great their CV is. For example, if they struggle with communication, eye contact & processing information, most employers assume they're rude & incapable.

If autistic people get hired, not enough employers know how to best help them in the workplace, which can result in meltdowns and more mental health issues. If employers had more understanding, these issues could be prevented & autistic people could thrive in the workplace.

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Share your views on the National Disability Strategy with MPs

MPs on the Women and Equalities Select Committee have launched a new inquiry into how the Government’s National Disability Strategy is working, and how the Strategy might develop in the future.

They would like to hear the views and experiences of the public and interested groups as part of their inquiry, and they especially want to hear from as many disabled people as possible.

More information about the inquiry and how to submit your views is available in multiple formats (including audio, British Sign Language and EasyRead) here:

Among other topics, the Committee is seeking views on:

  • What progress has been made on the Strategy so far
  • How effectively the Government is communicating with disabled people
  • Inequalities faced by people with learning disabilities and autism
  • How the needs of disabled people can be reflected in the post-pandemic recovery

The deadline for sending your views to the Committee is Sunday 24 July.

What is the Women and Equalities Committee?

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MPs hear from disabled people on National Disability Strategy

A cross-party group of MPs called the Women and Equalities Committee, has heard from disabled people and representative organisations on the Government’s National Disability Strategy.

The Government’s Strategy was declared unlawful by the High Court last year due to failures in the consultation process. As a result of the ruling, 14 policies have been paused. The Government is appealing the ruling, with the hearing likely to take place this Spring-Summer.

The Committee examined the Government’s engagement with disabled people and heard views on the Health and Disability White Paper, published alongside the Spring Budget, priorities for the Disability Action Plan and compliance with international obligations.

The Committee also explored policy for non-visible disabilities and health conditions, including chronic illness, mental health problems and deafness

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