Autism-Europe focuses efforts on supporting access to employment of people with autism
In 2014, the European Days of Autism focused on access to vocational training and employment. In the framework of the Italian Presidency of the European Union, Autism-Europe organised a conference in Turin to explore good practices from across Europe and discuss the way forward for the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities in the field of education and employment, with special focus given to Article 24 on Inclusive Education and Article 27 on the Right to Employment.
Titled ‘Promoting equal rights for people with autism in the field of education and employment’, the event which took place in Turin, Italy, on 29 November, featured prominent speakers sharing their experience in the field in order to stimulate better access to employment and education for people with autism.
The conference brought together around 150 participants, including self-advocates, family members of people with autism, representatives of NGOs, private sector, national and European institutions and members of the press.
Autism-Europe has also released a new reporton autism and employment, titled ‘Autism and Work: Together we can’. As studies have shown that between 76 and 90 per cent of adults with autism are unemployed, the extensive report aims to articulate the issues and difficulties faced by people with autism in relation to finding and keeping a job across Europe, and encourage the creation of new employment opportunities.
In the context of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, it outlines various forms of support that can be utilised to enable individuals with autism spectrum disorders to participate in employment. It also provides examples of good practices in providing this support which can inspire relevant organisations to create further employment for people with autism, acting like a foundational guide to everyone interested in developing new labour market opportunities for people with autism, including their families, autism professionals, employers and policymakers.