Herstmonceux MP, Huw Merriman, is calling on the Government and employers to do more to close the autism employment gap once and for all. The MP, an officer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Autism, joined 100 MPs attending his group's launch of a new National Autistic Society report and campaign in Parliament on 31 October, which highlights the shockingly low levels of employment among autistic people and what employers and Government can do to close the autism employment gap.
Huw is backing the charity’s campaign, calling on the Government to ensure autistic people can access specialist support to help them find and stay in work, and bring in a national programme to raise employers’ awareness of the skills and potential of autistic people. The parliamentary launch of the campaign comes on the same day as the launch of the Government’s Work, Health and Disability green paper, which sets out its plans to help more people with disabilities and long term conditions into work.
Huw said, "I was delighted to join the National Autistic Society with the national launch of their campaign. I am particularly keen to help locally to demonstrate to employers that, in recruiting autistic workers, they will find reliability, enthusiasm for a job which others may find repetitive and an employee who will take great pride in being on the payroll. I look forward to helping to recruit more autistic young people to our great local businesses."