'Merlin' star Richard Wilson in call for autism workplace support
The One Foot In The Grave actor wants people with the condition to be helped into employment after it was revealed only 15 per cent of those with autism are in full-time employment.
The star of Merlin and One Foot In The Grave made the demand as it
was revealed that only around one in six people with the condition (15%)
are in full-time employment.
Wilson is an ambassador for National Autistic Society (NAS) Scotland,
which says large numbers of people on the autism spectrum have
university degrees but are given only part-time or low-paid jobs.
Campaigners want to raise awareness among employers of the benefits
people with autism can typically bring to a workplace, such as attention
to detail and an ability to cope well with routine.
Speaking outside the Scottish Parliament, Wilson said: "A lot of
people are telling me that they're not getting any support, especially
in the realm of employment. Because communication is one of the problems
for autistic people, very often the workplace doesn't understand
autism, doesn't recognise it.
"A lot of autistic people could work very happily if they were given
the right circumstances and the right job. Very often they've got
special skills. It would be a real help if employers could understand it
The actor spoke as he launched a report compiled by the charity,
containing recommendations to improve the lives of the 50,000 people in
Scotland who have autism.
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