Course Description

Autism for Careers and Into-work Support Professionals

How has this course been developed?

This 3 hour course has been developed in-line with the latest research and empirical studies relating to aspects of autism-affirming careers practice and balanced with 10 years professional experience of supporting autistic jobseekers, careers professionals and into-work professionals, as well as lived experience of the specific subject matter.

What is the overall course aim?

This course aims to develop a strong understanding of how to support undiagnosed, undisclosed, disclosed or self-recognising autistic jobseekers throughout the entire job seeking, careers development and into-work process. You will gain an understanding of how to support in an autism-affirming way and how to motivate your team to engage with autism-affirming changes to practice and processes.

What are the expected learning outcomes?

  • In-depth understanding of autism
  • Understand the Equality Act 2010 and recruitment reasonable adjustments in relation to autism
  • Understand the common barriers autistic people face in securing meaningful careers and employment when unsupported
  • Understand how to support self-advocacy and autistic confidence
  • Aware of supportive autism-affirming careers session and service practice and processes
  • Understand best practice adjustments to recruitment and on-boarding
  • Aware of practical strategies to support anxious or overwhelmed autistic people seeking careers and employment
  • Workshop practical and tailored strategies to adapt your personal and team practice to be autism-affirming
  • Aware of how to access additional strategies and resources to support your autism-affirming team change

Who is this course for?

This course has been designed for professionals supporting autistic jobseekers as well as careers professionals and into-work professionals, whether they are directly supporting or indirectly supporting an autistic candidate, or not. No previous knowledge or training is required, however attendees should have a good basic understanding of what autism is.