Dear PPMA members and friends
This week’s post is from Mark Lever, Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society (NAS). Mark was one of the keynote speakers at our Annual Seminar in April and put forward a compelling case for us all to consider for employing people with Autism. Whilst at the Seminar we also captured a brief interview with him on video and you can see this below:
“One of the many privileges I have as Chief Executive of the NAS is seeing some of the fantastic outcomes we can help the people we support achieve. People with autism can face many challenges in their everyday life arising from various aspects of this hidden disability. Whether it be from extreme sensitivity to certain senses or the challenges presented by social interaction and communication , for many the world is a confusing and threatening place.
However, everyone with autism has potential and at the NAS we are committed to doing all we can to help unlock this potential and enable people with autism lead fulfilling and rewarding lives. Nowhere more so is this as important than in the area of employment. Only 15% of people with autism are in full time employment. Yet many thousands more would like to work given the chance. Let’s not think this is about charity. The skills and talents people with autism have can bring unique benefits to the businesses that employ them – it just takes a slightly different approach to identifying and matching the talents to the role available. I was delighted to be given the opportunity to talk to the members of the PPMA at their National Conference about the great pool of untapped talent that many employers are missing out on. I was particularly enthused that many of the delegates were willing to think differently about employing people with autism. I would be delighted to hear from you if you have any experience of employing people with autism and if there is anything we can do to help.”
If you’d like to see what Mark and his colleague Wande Showunmi, Director of Human Resources, who presented with him said, here’s a link to the slides from their presentation.
CEO National Autistic Society
Twitter @Mark LeverNAS