£10m project to help young people with autism find work – BBC News

Here’s a Welsh (Labour) Government initiative that could put Tory noses out of joint.

We have established that Tory efforts to get people with disabilities into work are not good – faced with the possibility of having to spend on adaptations for a disabled person or simply taking on an able-bodied worker, employers take the able-bodied every time.

This Welsh project incentivises employers to take on people with learning disabilities and autism – admittedly for short-term placements lasting only up to a year – and then invites them to provide feedback on their experience.

That information will inform future employment policies formulated by a Labour-run Welsh Government.

Of course, Conservatives will have their own ideas.

All we have to do is look across the border to realise what a disaster those have been.

A £10m project to help young people with learning disabilities and autism into employment launches on Thursday.

The five-year Engage to Change project will work with 800 employers in Wales to help 1,000 people develop their employment skills.

They will be offered paid work placements lasting between six months and a year.

Cardiff University researchers will analyse the details to influence future policies based on the findings.

On Tuesday, the National Autistic Society Cymru said service provision for people with autism in Wales – including those helping them into work – was “patchy”.

 But the Welsh government said it had “a clear commitment to supporting people with autistic spectrum disorder”.

The lottery grant for this project, obtained by the Welsh government for Learning Disability Wales, comes from money which had been dormant in bank and building society accounts across the UK for 15 years or more.

Source: £10m project to help young people with autism find work – BBC News

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5 thoughts on “£10m project to help young people with autism find work – BBC News

  1. thomassutcliffe

    Looks like an excellent scheme – hope it works out (as someone with autism this touches on a matter close to my heart, although being English I won’t benefit!)

  2. Dez

    Brilliant…..brave move to at least try and support the less fortunate….better than the Cons just sitting on their hands and covertly trying to kill them off.


    its a lot of rubbish the tories trying to get disabled people into work they want to do away with esa and other benifits altogether thats why the rat IDSMITH wants to cut esa money to JSA MONEY so when disabled people get sent to some sort of work which they will never be able to do or to sick to turn up the job centers will be told to sanction them cut all there money why anybody would vote ever for these animals i will never know and this is just the start

  4. TomMagenta

    I have several questions;

    1) How much will they pay these people to take part in the scheme (assuming it’s voluntary)?
    2) What kind of work will they be doing?
    3) Do they have a choice in the kind of work they take up, upon consideration of what they can/can’t do, their social and practice skills, etc.?
    4) Will their needs be catered for in their placements?
    5) Will they be supervised?
    6) What organisations/charities etc. are involved in this scheme? Are they credible?
    7) Autism by itself is an incredibly broad spectrum, each individual with unique, complex needs and abilities. Does this scheme apply to all autistic people regardless of the severity and complexity of their disability?
    8) In addition, will each person and their needs be examined and considered on an individual basis to decide their eligibility/ability to perform under the scheme?

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