According to the charity CareTrade, of the 800 school leavers with autism in London only 25% of them go on to higher education. The figures are even more startling for autistic adults going into work – that figure is 15% with 4% living independently. CareTrade was started in 2009 by Katharine Doré OBE and Karen Edwards in response to the lack of support and activity their own autistic sons had had after they left school and were preparing for adulthood.
They run The Autism Project (TAP), a full-time course run over two years designed to help autistic adults aged 18-25, prepare for employment through work experience at Guy’s and St.Thomas’ Hospitals. CareTrade are currently accepting students (in receipt of an EHC plan) for September 2018.
Hurry as places are limited. For more information:
On their website, you will find lots of other information on the work CareTrade are doing in helping to create opportunities for young people with autism. They will also be holding an information session on January 16th 2018 where you can find out about the employment projects they are offering.
We also recommend you watch their excellent short film, Britain’s Secret Workforce – produced by Rosie Barnes, documentary photographer, Southwark resident and mother to two autistic young men. Check out Rosie’s new book Understanding Stanley: Looking Through Autism