People with autism still face considerable challenges in education and in the workplace, despite growing awareness of the condition. Latest figures from the National Autistic Society show that just 16% of autistic adults are in full-time work, with four in 10 saying they have never worked.
The Centre for Applied Autism Research at the University of Bath hopes to change this by working with the autistic community to develop new insights into the condition and to develop practical solutions to the issues that the community identify as important.
Every year the centre runs the UK’s only autism summer school to give prospective students from any university an opportunity to learn about support available and develop strategies for dealing with change. It also hosts an autism employment school in partnership with JPMorgan Chase, the international investment bank, which has put in place autism-friendly measures to improve the employment rate among people with the condition.