On the occasion of World Autism Awareness Day, Autism-Europe’s member Our Sunny World from Russia presented the new Russian-language version of the report on good practices in employment for people with autism in European Union titled – “Autism and Work. Together we can” (Аутизм и работа. Вместе мы сможем).
This version includes a preface from Igor Shpitsberg. “The opportunity to work, to have employment, is one of the basic needs of every person of adult age. Work is an environment for the formation of man and his self-realisation. For people with autism the opportunity to have a job as an adult is just as important as for any other human being”, highlighted Shpitsberg.
Studies have shown that between 76 and 90 per cent of adults with autism are unemployed. This report aims to articulate the issues and difficulties faced by people with autism in relation to employment across Europe. 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 to participate in employment. It also provides examples of good practices in providing this support which can inspire relevant organisations to create further employment opportunities for people with autism.