Created specifically to to help intelligent, able individuals with ASD achieve fulfilling working lives, and to change the image of ASD from a disability to an understood, respected, accepted and welcomed difference.
Many with this invisible difference never achieve their full potential. We optimise ASD Talent whilst simultaneously making organisations ASD Fit‘n’Friendly so they can successfully attract, recruit & retain them. We realistically balance the needs & expectations of both so creating a successful, sustainable solution.
In our early days, we focused on providing revenue-earning services to organisations helping them to be ASD fit‘n’friendly (aware, accommodating, adjusting, respecting, welcoming) so they could attract recruit, retain & then grow their ASD Talent. Meanwhile we simultaneously helped many with ASD improve their employability, over and above their qualifications pro bono. But as our reputation grew, so did the demand. With C19, it will undoubtedly grow even faster & we are upscaling, extending its scope whilst still also helping employers create a level playing ground for candidates.
We recently piloted a groundbreaking initiative providing experiential interview skills learning for both employers & candidates at the unis of Bath and Bristol - with very positive feedback. Further developed, this is now a stand-alone product for unis but is also the core of an ambitious, innovative end-to-end autism-friendly program to optimise the employability of ASD candidates over & above their qualifications. The first of its kind, it extends from when a career is first contemplated by a student to the end of their first year of employment, & will include strengths assessment testing, career counselling, CV/personal statement writing, interview skills and more. Mentorship usually ends at graduation but the unnecessary anxiety created by this gap will be mitigated by dedicated specialist mentors providing continuous support from uni into employment. We also aspire to train autism professionals so they understand the demands & protocols of the workplace and then can provide the necessary support.
This program is now being developed & costed. Little revenue, if any, can be expected from candidates, and so we need to find it wherever we can. Your job! And to write the bids. You would be working with the founders, the board & our volunteer team but mostly on your own initiative. We would be looking for relevant grants (re Education, Employment, Disability, Autism, Diversity, Mental Health, Disadvantage), donations and routes to them...and all other avenues too.
The funds will enable us to grow and help so many more able, intelligent individuals into the employment that befits their skills, education and abilities so they can fulfil their full potential and attain worthwhile and rewarding lives. Importantly, helping their mental health and improving their confidence, wellbeing and self-esteem reduces their dependence on the state whilst also making life less challenging for them and their close ones too. A win for them, for organisations that employ them .....and society as a whole.
This is an intellectual challenge and needs some creative thinking. It's a chance to work with a diverse, senior team, have access and opportunity to communicate with many prestigious connections and most importantly a chance to make a real difference. If other aspects of running a not-for profit/charity are of interest, there also may be the possibility of gaining experience and involvement across the board too. We're always open .. and we love new ideas too!