Accentuating positive view of autism and employment

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 baags@btconnect.com or 01896 668961.

Derek Purvis

(chairman)

Borders Asperger and Autism Group Support (BAAGS)