An employment launch is being organised throughout 2013 to reach all businesses, employers, volunteers, employees and individuals who are interested in helping to support a person who has autism get into the working environment.
Not all autistic people have learning disabilities – some do, some don’t. We would like people across our region to come to one of our three events to hear the experiences of an employer, a person with autism who works, and a solicitor who specialises in employment law. We aim to explain the strengths a person with autism can bring to a workplace – the way in which autism traits can be beneficial to a business environment.
We are inviting journalists, councillors, Scottish Borders Council heads of departments, NHS representatives, as well as employers from a wide range of organisations and businesses – plumbers, electricians, gardeners, marketing, web design, IT, retail, catering. It is hoped that more than 50 representatives from Borders-based companies will accept this invite to learn about autism, network their own business and consider employing a person with autism.
The three events arranged for 2013 are – March 8, Salmon Room, Buccleuch Arms Hotel, St Boswells; July 5, Marshall Meadows Hotel, Berwick; October 25, Park Hotel, Peebles. They will run from 10.30am to 2pm, include four guest speakers and a networking opportunity over a buffet lunch. There is no cost to attend these events, and employers are invited to attend any or all.
Booking must be made prior to the events – interested persons should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01896 668961.
Borders Asperger and Autism Group Support (BAAGS)