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January 2011



Recent Posts


NAS And Remploy Work To Improve Job Opportunities For Autistic People

The National Autistic Society (NAS) has established a ground-breaking partnership with Remploy, the UK’s leading provider of employment services for disabled people, to help increase the number of people with autism entering mainstream employment.
Our research has shown that only 15% of adults with autism have a full-time job. The majority of the over 300,000 working age adults with autism in the UK want to work but are being held back by a lack of understanding of autism and a dearth of specialist employment services.
Now, Remploy and the NAS are working in partnership to:

  • promote inclusion in employment for people with autism
  • create a framework to work together to meet the needs of people with autism
  • complement the employment services Remploy already provides to people facing multiple barriers to work.

The partnership has already seen Prospects, the NAS specialist autism employment service, provide autism expertise through a tailored training package for all staff at Remploy’s network of high-street recruitment branches.
In return Remploy will support adults with autism with a range of specialist recruitment and development services, including writing effective CVs and job application letters and developing self-confidence.

Read in Full:  http://www.autism.org.uk/news-and-events/news-from-the-nas/nas-and-remploy-work-to-improve-job-opportunities-for-people-with-autism.aspx

Chancellor Announces Future Changes To DVLA

The budget on 22 June set out the new Government’s plan for the economy. One of the things that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP, announced changes to the way that Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is assessed. 

He said that from 2013-14 all people claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will have to undergo an “objective medical assessment” to ensure payments are only made for as long as a claimant needs them.

The changes proposed today will not take place until 2013 and so it will not affect people who currently receive DLA before then.  However, the NAS has very strong concerns about this statement.

We will be working closely with the Department of Work and Pensions, who oversee DLA, to ensure that people with autism who need DLA are not deprived of it as a result of the announced changes.

Our recent campaign, Don’t Write Me Off, has shown that medical assessments can often leave people with autism who apply for other kinds of benefits unable to get the support they need . We also know that already many people who receive DLA have to reapply over and again for the benefit even though autism is a lifelong condition.

Read in Full:  http://www.autism.org.uk/news-and-events/news-from-the-nas/chancellor-announces-future-changes-to-dla.aspx

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