Introduction

Explaining the Autism@Work Pilot to Participants

We have developed a ‘script’ to help employment consultants sell the benefits of the pilot when talking to participants

Explaining the Autism@Work Pilot to Participants

Autism@Work pilot ‘script’ and resources

After completing the consent form and the entry survey the three areas you can offer support are:

  1. Getting to know the client/assessment 
  2. Getting your client work ready 
  3. Helping your client to keep their job and understand the social conventions of the workplace. 

Don’t forget to raise any questions you have via the Autism helpdesk.

Getting to know the client
About the pilot 'script'
Share the Autism@Work pilot website and include the resources as you progress through this journey.
 

We (Provider Name) have been selected to participate in an Autism at Work pilot for 12 months.

  • A pilot program is a small-scale, short-term trial of a program to help an organisation learn how a large-scale program might work in practice.
  • A pilot program also provides an opportunity for people involved to give feedback and suggest improvements prior to large scale roll-out.
  • The pilot’s main goal is to help us to understand autism better so we can provide the best possible support for our autistic clients.
  • (Provider Name) wants to learn about autism and we want to be a provider of choice for autistic clients.
  • Participating will not mean any extra work for you at all. All we want to do is get to know you, what your autism means for you and what supports you will need in the workplace.
  • If you participate in the pilot it doesn’t mean that we keep talking about your autism to everyone. We mainly want to talk to you to learn about your needs and preferences so that we choose the best employer and work environment for you.
  • Telling the employer about autism, and how they need to modify the sensory environment or the best way to communicate instructions to an autistic client, can mean that you have a better chance of enjoying and succeeding in the job.
  • We want employers that we work with to learn about autism and to understand the strengths of autism and some of the common differences to look out for so they can understand and support autistic clients better.
  • We (Employment Consultants) are attending autism training so we understand more about autism, and we have access to a whole website of tools that we may use through the process of supporting you.
  • The tools are all written in way to help (me/us) to understand autism better and communicate with you in a way that is clearer and easier for you to understand.
  • The reason we are focusing on autism is because autistic people are the most unemployed of any disability or condition and we want to get better employment rates for autistic people.
  • We would really value your participation because your feedback helps us to learn and improve the materials. Not just for you, but for many other autistic people who are looking for work.

 

Getting your client work ready
Jobseeker support
The 3 main areas that we use Autism@Work tools to better understand you are:
 
  • getting to know sensory preferences, communication preferences and the best work environment for you
  • helping you to understand the process of getting the right job for you and to be ready for an interview or work and
  • helping you to understand appropriate and expected behaviour in the workplace so you can maintain your job.