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Autism Acceptance Week – making Knowsley an inclusive place to work

by Guy Murphy

According to data released by the National Autistic Society, only 29% of autistic people are in any kind of employment.

To celebrate World Autism Acceptance Week (2 April – 8 April), Knowsley Council is sharing information on the work that is taking place to ensure autistic residents can find meaningful, inclusive employment in the borough and beyond.

Creating inclusive workplaces

Since 2021, Knowsley Council and Liverpool City Council have delivered FREE webinars to raise awareness of learning disabilities and neurodivergent conditions, including autism, dyslexia, dyscalculia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyspraxia.

The one-hour sessions are available to people who are employed in Liverpool City Region businesses and are completely free to attend.

The sessions provide best practice advice to support employees with learning disabilities and/or neurodivergent conditions.

Since launching, the webinar has been delivered to over 2000 people.

Supporting young people into employment

Knowsley Council is committed to working with partners to develop meaningful employment opportunities for autistic young people and those with other neurodivergent conditions.

Through the Empower Job Design Programme, the Council works with local businesses to create placement roles suited for a young person with additional support needs or learning disabilities. The aim is to develop an opportunity for a young person where they can develop the skills they need to progress in the world of work.

You can read more here.

The Council also supports partners in the education sector to deliver Supported Internships. These work-based study programmes are developed for 16–24-year-olds with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

The core aim of a supported internship study programme is to develop skills through a substantial work placement, facilitated by the support of an expert job coach.

As part of the course, each student attends a work placement (this can be up to four days per week), to gain valuable skills and experience.  Students also attend college one day a week, to develop their employability and independence skills with the Employability Tutor.

You can read more here.

Knowsley Council is continuing to develop programmes and work with partners to ensure Knowsley is an inclusive borough with opportunities for all.