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  • 1. A ‘working’ future for young people with Autism in Sheffield (formally known as the Supported Employment Project)
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    • We are a registered charity (no: 1068541)
    • We were stared in April 2003 because it was seen at that time that there was a gap in the provision for young people with ASD who wanted to find employment after the age of 18
    • Our charity wanted to provide the necessary support to individuals with ASD and to potential employers
    Who are we?
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    • Continued
    • We are a unique specialised service which offers support and guidance to adults with Autism/Aspergers and learning difficulties in all areas of employment
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    • We offer skilled advice and guidance on placements and paid employment
    • Each young person is treated as an individual
    • and not as a job outcome
    • We put no time limit on the young person being with us
    • Each young person has full support for as long as he/she needs it
    • We expect our students to treat their work placement as seriously as paid work because this is good practice and preparation for gaining paid employment
    What makes us unique?
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    • Our support is ongoing and all students in paid employment continue to have our support and guidance.
    • We are also there to support and mentor the employers.
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    • Sheffield College: Autism Support Team
    • Job Centre Plus
    • Connexions
    • Social workers
    • Parents
    • Schools (Sheffield & Rotherham)
    • Other Employment Agencies
    Who uses our service...
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    • At Present (Nov 10);
    • 29 Students in paid work
    • 41 Students on work experience placements
    • 57 Students on our waiting list
    Centre Statistics
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    • We conduct comprehensive training sessions for our volunteers and external support staff who work with the Centre.
    • Informal counselling for students.
    • A supportive volunteer network.
    • Bi annual socials.
    • Advice and guidance for appropriate support in other areas of life apart from employment.
    • Presentations and workshops for employers, professionals and associates with regards to autism and employment.
    What else do we do?
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    • Lack of understanding on ASD
    • Fear of the unknown
    • Would having a person with ASD put extra pressure on their workforce
    • Majority of employers have no knowledge of ASD, the Equality Act 2010 and what the term reasonable adjustments actually means.
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    • Raising awareness on ASD
    • Breaking down barriers
    • People with ASD blossoming and becoming confident individuals
    • This confidence expanding into their personal and social life
    • A learning curve for the young person and the employer
    • Making the employer readdress their training and employees needs
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    • Questions
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    • Thank you for your time!