PSEN member, Working Well with Autism, a not for profit co-operative based in Plympton, is delighted to announce their successful bid to map autism services across Plymouth.
Thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Awards for All fund, they will spend the coming year bringing together people on the autism spectrum aged 16 and over to hear about their experiences of education, training and supported work opportunities in the Plymouth Autism Audit.
Rob de Jong, a Director of Working Well With Autism, said: ‘It is estimated that autism affects in the region of two and a half thousand people across Plymouth and their prospects for finding employment can be pretty scary with nationally only 15% finding full time employment. We want to hear from people on the spectrum and their carers and support networks and will be creating opportunities to meet with them to hear about their experience’.
Joanna Traynor, also a Director, said: ‘We want to find out what the current needs are for people with autism to enable them to access work. We know there are many services out there and we want to hear about them but we also know there are gaps in provision and we believe that by coming together we can improve the working prospects of those with autism across Plymouth.’
The Plymouth Autism Audit project will begin with an official launch in September and everyone with an interest in autism is invited. To register your interest go to https://www.facebook.com/workingwellwithautism/