Autism in the workplace
This time next week, a group of us will be beginning a trek to break a world record at Mount Everest Basecamp. Why? More than 1 in 100 people in the UK are considered to be on the Autism spectrum and if you take into account their families, it directly affects around 2.8 million people. Every form of Autism is different, which is what makes it so difficult to manage.
Only 16% of autistic adults in the UK are in full-time paid employment and only 32% are in some kind of paid work. Only 10% of Autistic adult receive employment support but 53% say they want it. Which brings me to our challenge…
A week today a group of us will be trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp to break a Guinness World Record, by playing the highest ever 5-a-side tournament that has ever been played (I’m not sure how many of you have tried to play football at 5,380m/17,600ft, but it’s not easy!). We are doing this to raise money for Halcyon Foundation, a fantastic local charity that provides training to community groups, families and carers, to ensure that those that suffer from Autism have the best possible chance to reach their full potential.
Autism is underfunded in the UK, and as a lifelong illness that affects those that suffer and those around them, relies on charities such as Halcyon to provide a great support network. As I’ve given up drinking until after the trek, if anyone would like to buy me a pint, can I ask that you instead donate here?
Thanks to all that have donated so far!