The Disability Employment Advisor (DEA) at your local Job Centre Plus should have an understanding of the needs of people with autism. They should be able to help you think about employment and support you to prepare for interviews.
Your Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) can offer you:
- an employment assessment to identify what type of work or training suits you best;
- a referral, where appropriate, to a work programme for disabled people, like Work Choice or Access to Work;
- a referral, if needed, to an Work Psychologist for a more detailed employment assessment to identify the best work or training for you;
- a job-matching and referral service - the DEA can let you know about jobs that match your experience and skills;
- information on employers in your area who have adopted the 'two ticks' disability symbol.
Contact Jobcentre Plus to make an appointment with a Disability Employment Advisor.
Alexandra Park Jobcentre Plus Address: Disability Employment Advisor (DEA), 91 Moss Lane East, Moss Side, Manchester M15 5JB Phone: 0845 604 3719 Minicom: 0800 023 4888 Web: www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Jobseekers/LookingForWork
Altrincham Jobcentre Plus Address: Disability Employment Advisor (DEA), Roberts House, 80 Manchester Road, Altrincham WA14 4PS Phone: 0845 604 3719 Minicom: 0800 023 4888 Web: www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Jobseekers/LookingForWork
Stretford Jobcentre Plus Address: Disability Employment Advisors (DEA), Arndale House, Chester Road, Stretford M32 9ED Phone: 0845 604 3719 Minicom: 0800 023 4888 Web: www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Jobseekers/LookingForWork
People with autism who are in employment and may be experiencing difficulties with doing parts of the job or travelling to and from work, might be able to access support through the Access to Work Programme.
This programme is available through Job Centre Plus and provides support to people who are struggling to maintain their employment because of difficulties relating to their disability. For more information about Access to Work funding please call
0141 950 5327
Gov.uk (the government information and services website) also offers information about different sources of employment support.
Trafford has a contract with United Response Supported Employment Service to support people with autism and learning disabilities who want to get into employment.
United Response also run a programme called Talent Match - This is aimed at young people aged between 16 and 25years who have been out of formal education and employment for at least a year. Talent Match is focusing on people with autism who do not have additional learning disabilities. For more information about Talent Match contact United Response.
Trafford also supports people with autism and learning disabilities who attend Trafford College through its supported learning programme. Many of the college courses link to work experience and paid and voluntary work within the college and outside.
People who are seeking employment should be entitled to some welfare benefits.
For more detailed information about your situation contact your Disability Employment Advisor at the local Job Centre Plus. They should be able to advise you on the right kind of employment related benefits.
You can also contact the Welfare Rights Service in Trafford http://www.trafford.gov.uk/residents/benefits-and-council-tax/benefits/welfare-rights-advice.aspx on 0161 912 2735 and make an appointment to discuss your individual situation.