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Autistic young people in Glasgow offered support finding employment

Autistic young people in Glasgow are being offered help to develop skills for the workplace and find employment by The National Autistic Society Scotland. 

This comes after it was revealed that only 32 per cent of autistic people are in work, compared to 80 per cent of the general population. 

Now, thanks to funding from Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities initiative, the charity will support autistic 16 to 24-year-olds through its Moving Forward project.

Around 300 young people will benefit over the next three years. 

Jim Doherty, project manager at The National Autistic Society Scotland, said: “We know that autistic young people can have difficulty finding work because of challenges they experience around social interaction and the fact that many employers still have negative perceptions of autism. 

“Our Moving Forward project helps them to build self-esteem and practical skills through a combination of one-to-one mentoring, group work, and placements with employers who understand autism.”

In a recent survey, 80 per cent of young people involved in the Moving Forward project stated they felt more confident about their future as a result of taking part.

An impressive 91 per cent of employers said that they felt more confident about employing autistic people as a result of engaging with the project and learning about the condition. 

The project is open to young people aged 16 to 24 who have an autism diagnosis and live in West Central Scotland. 

If you are interested in taking part or feel the project may be a good fit for someone you know, the Moving Forward team can be contacted on 0141 248 1725 or moving.forward@nas.org.uk

CashBack for Communities is a unique Scottish Government programme which takes money seized from criminals under the proceeds of crime legislation and invests them in project for young people.

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