Autism charity calls for work placement offers

A CHARITY that helps people with autism is seeking support from local employers who are willing to offer them work placements.

Autism Sussex’s latest project is to assist those with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and High-Functioning Autism (HFA) to find jobs and keep them.

A spokesman for the charity said: “We are keen to hear from forward-thinking local employers who wish to join us in this progressive employment scheme which will enhance both the lives of potential employees as well as the quality and diversity of your workforce.

“AS and HFA are known as hidden disabilities. This is linked to the fact that the conditions do not affect the intelligence of the person concerned and there is no obvious physical indication. People with AS and HFA understand and interpret language and social situations differently and this can lead to confusion and misunderstandings.

“These people have many positive attributes such as loyalty, reliability and conscientiousness as well as an ability to focus and deliver work to a high standard. Given appropriate support, understanding and encouragement people with AS or HFA can become excellent employees.”

Autism Sussex provide support and training to people with the condition in Cafe Des Arts, Robertson Street.

For more information about the charity’s latest project contact Diane Van-Eygen or Hayley Phillips on 01424 722516 or 01424 773366.