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The front cover of the IMAGE Good Practice Guide for Employers

Dr Fabri said: “Autistic students and graduates need an individual approach. Many people are in a position to help and it’s important to consider where and how employability support can be provided - making adjustments for sensory issues is one example, providing clear and unambiguous information is another. Academics can help autistic students get internships and other work experience and help them get the most out of it.

“Careers advisors are often not sure how to advise autistic people about sharing their diagnosis and may not know about employment laws and practices around disability. Employers also need to make sure their recruitment and employment practices do not disadvantage qualified candidates and prevent disability discrimination. The ‘Good Practice Guides’ suggest helpful practices and link readers with extra resources.

“Our aim is to make finding good jobs for autistic graduates less a matter of pure luck than the result of smart planning and inclusive action. We hope that the long-term impact of the project will be greater autism awareness amongst employers, better support at universities, and ultimately more autistic graduates in employment.”

The IMAGE project received £400,000 of funding from the EU Erasmus+ programme. It is a partnership of five European universities: Leeds Beckett University, University of Helsinki, Free University Amsterdam, Medical School Berlin and the University of Toulouse.

For more information, and to download the free resources, please visit the IMAGE Autism website

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