World Autism Awareness Day at Admiral
One of Admiral’s four pillars is Equality and, as part of this, we’re committed to being flexible and supportive in accommodating individual needs and circumstances. We have also been accredited the “Two Ticks” symbol by Jobcentre Plus for taking action to meet five commitments regarding the employment, retention, training, and career development of disabled employees.
Today, on World Autism Awareness Day, we wanted to focus in particular on the support we provide to the Autism One Stop Shop (OSS), which is a safe place for adults with an autism spectrum condition to access a wide range of advice and support, including interview skills, CV writing and social skills. It also provides a space for people to take part in various social activities.
The One Stop Shop is run by Autism Spectrum Connections Cymru (ASCC), a charity for people with Autism Spectrum Conditions, their families, and carers. The charity focuses on the individual person and develops unique solutions to meet their needs.
The service is free and open to anyone in the local area with a diagnosis of autism. It is primarily delivered to people over 16 years old.
Admiral became involved with the One Stop Shop in 2015, when we started offering work placements to people through the OSS. The placements range from 4-8 weeks and give individuals the opportunity to learn valuable work skills as well as experience a large office environment. We have also given permanent employment through this scheme.
Since becoming involved, we have also developed in-house training for staff members, primarily aimed at managers, to help them identify diagnosed and undiagnosed autism and make reasonable adjustments as needed. They are also able to get further support from our People Services (HR) department and the OSS. The OSS will then visit us and assess the situation and provide help in whatever way is best suited to the individual and their team.
Further to this, we provide support to the One Stop Shop by helping to deliver skills sessions as well as driving awareness across the local area, which involves visiting other companies, as an OSS ambassador, and motivating them to become involved in autism awareness and the OSS.
People with autism are able to thrive in the right environment, so it is important to raise awareness of the skills they can bring to the workplace, as long as the necessary adjustments are made.
Thanks in particular go to Jane Wynn-Jones from our People Services department, who has spearheaded our relationship with the One Stop Shop and been a great help to them as well as the individuals they work with.
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