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18:00 - 20:00 20 September 2018

Autism and Employment


Jeffery Hall | UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: £0-£7
Ticketing: Ticketed and Pre-booking essential

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Anna Remington, Director, Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE), Anna joined CRAE in 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Science and looks at whether autistic people see, hear and feel things in a different way from others. She is particularly fascinated by the idea of autism as a condition that has advantages, as well as, challenges. Her research focuses on the superior abilities that we so often see in autism, specifically with respect to attention and perception. She is interested in how and why these superiorities develop, and ways in which we might capitalise on these strengths.Among others, her current research projects include working with autistic people in the family justice system, investigating autistic people’s greater capacity to detect sound and ways to promote autistic employment.
Peter Reid, Intern/autistic graduate, Deutsche Bank, Peter completed the Deutsche Bank internship scheme for autistic gradautes.
Jon Spiers, CEO, Autistica, Jon joined Autistica in 2015. A consultant specialising in innovative policy, public affairs and media campaigns, he previously advised senior leaders in charities, pharmaceutical firms and biotech in areas including lung cancer, leukaemia, genomics, HIV, meningitis, infectious diseases and ADHD. As Head of Public Affairs and Campaigning at Cancer Research UK he led the campaign for smoke-free legislation in England and Wales, a policy hailed as “the biggest step forward in public health for fifty years". With over 400,000 campaigners recruited, he successfully lobbied for national cancer plans, investment in cancer screening and putting tobacco out of sight in shops. He graduated in Linguistics from Cambridge University and served as RAG President for a year.
Sonya Girdler, Professor, Curtin University, Australia, Professor of Occupational Therapy, at Curtin University, Australia.

The Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) at UCL Institute of Education are co-hosting an Autism and Employment event with leading UK autism research charity, Autistica.

Companies are finally starting to realise the potential of autistic people, but how should an employer make adjustments to recruit these people and make employees feel valued and supported at work? This talk explores the work that is being done in London and around the world to improve neurodiversity in the workplace.

Many autistic adults want to work and can bring new ways of thinking and working. Some autistic people have a talent for spotting patterns and an attention to detail which can be very useful to tech and finance industries. In more practical roles, some autistic people thrive with repetitive tasks whilst others would lose focus. These skills can fit a variety of sectors, but we need to adapt current practices.


Melissa Bovis
02073315126 | m.bovis@ucl.ac.uk


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