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Just 16% of all adults with autism able to find work, research reveals

Less than 25% of those with autism go on to further or higher education, according to research released today.

One in 100 children in the UK have an autistic spectrum condition, which equates to over 8,000 school leavers every year. Karen Edwards, founder and CEO of Caretrade Answers for Autism, has called for employers to take action as it is revealed only 16% of all adults with autism work and just 4% live independently.

Caretrade states that there is strong evidence that suggests that with the right support many more of these young people are able to work and are passionate about playing an active part in their community. Over 60% of young people that have been with the Caretrade charity for 18 -24 months have gained sustained employment.

With the government pledging to halve the disability employment gap by 2020, employers are being urged by Caretrade during this World Autism Awareness Week to be actively open to employing people with autism and disabilities and to adapting their recruitment practice. It's also encouraged that employers see the benefits these young people can bring to a team by considering work placement opportunities to help young people with autism become 'work ready'.

Edwards said, "Employers that ignore people with autism are ignoring talented people that are essential to the future workforce of Britain.

"Many young people with autism want to work. Employers need to see the value and advantages they bring and be open to changing their recruitment practices and hiring them. Charities such as CareTrade can provide support to support these processes."

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