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Kaioken
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13 Apr 2023, 5:33 am

I will sign the petition, and send it to my family and friends too.



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14 Apr 2023, 11:35 am

Kaioken wrote:
I will sign the petition, and send it to my family and friends too.


Thanks, you never know what will make a change.


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28 Feb 2024, 10:09 am

Bumping this thread rather than starting a new one.

The Buckland report is now out.

Direct link to gov.uk is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-buckland-review-of-autism-employment-report-and-recommendations

A relevant BBC article is here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-68381352

As an autistic person I have been extremely lucky - I learned to mask quickly and effectively, and found my niche in non-people-facing tech work. Nevertheless I wish this had been around when I started work 40 years ago. Now all we have to do is actually get employers to read it.


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28 Feb 2024, 11:45 am

JamesW wrote:
Bumping this thread rather than starting a new one.

The Buckland report is now out.

Direct link to gov.uk is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-buckland-review-of-autism-employment-report-and-recommendations

A relevant BBC article is here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-68381352

As an autistic person I have been extremely lucky - I learned to mask quickly and effectively, and found my niche in non-people-facing tech work. Nevertheless I wish this had been around when I started work 40 years ago. Now all we have to do is actually get employers to read it.


I read some of the report and it mentions the "next steps" including a change in the ways of thinking on behalf of employers?

I'll believe it when I see it. I am skeptical, however. Asking the average prole to be more understanding of autism or especially asking them to be accommodating with regards to employment, seems to be beyond most of them.



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29 Feb 2024, 5:26 am

blitzkrieg wrote:
I read some of the report and it mentions the "next steps" including a change in the ways of thinking on behalf of employers?

I'll believe it when I see it. I am skeptical, however. Asking the average prole to be more understanding of autism or especially asking them to be accommodating with regards to employment, seems to be beyond most of them.


I think you're absolutely right. The good news is that, in terms of employers, it's not about understanding - it's about capitalism. If they start seeing other companies employing autistic people and increasing their profit as a result, they will gladly do the same.

The pandemic had a similar effect. A lot of employers noticed how much more efficient a lot of their employees were as a result of having to work remotely, and allowed them to continue doing it. If it hadn't been for the pandemic, they would never have given them the chance.

(Yes, I know - a lot of them will simply never get it.)


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