Figures released by the Office for National Statistics highlight that only 21.7% of autistic adults are employed, compared to 53.6% of all disabled people. CRAE researchers want to help get more autistic people into meaningful employment. We study several different aspects of employment, including:
Discover Autism Research and Employment (DARE): DARE is a collaboration between CRAE and the autism research charity Autistica. Through DARE, we work with organisations across the UK to understand the experiences of autistic employees and job seekers. DARE aims to builds a holistic and longitudinal evidence base for understanding the factors behind the current autism employment gap disadvantaging autistic adults. As part of the DARE initiative, we have explored autistic people’s experiences of various aspects of employment including hiring processes, workplace adjustments, and workplace masking.
Experiences of autistic interns at Deutsche Bank UK: In September 2017, global banking and financial services company, Deutsche Bank, funded by UK research charity Autistica, launched a unique internship programme aimed specifically at autistic graduates to address the autism employment gap. CRAE produced research that evaluated the programme and gathered the experiences of all involved. We provided evidence in favour of such schemes, as well as recommendations for improvement.
Disclosing a diagnosis of autism in the workplace: CRAE researchers studied the impact that the disclosure of an autism diagnosis might have in the workplace.
Autism and the performing arts: Together with The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), CRAE researchers studied the prevalence of autistic traits in the performing arts (and related strengths and challenges). This research is used to design interventions (such as a professional mentoring scheme) to promote the inclusion of autistic people in education and employment.
- Cope, R., & Remington, A. (2022). The Strengths and Abilities of Autistic People in the Workplace. Autism in Adulthood.
- Remington, A., Heasman, B., Romualdez, A. M., & Pellicano, E. (2022). Experiences of autistic and non-autistic individuals participating in a corporate internship scheme. Autism.
- Romualdez, A. M., Walker, Z., & Remington, A. (2021). Autistic adults’ experiences of diagnostic disclosure in the workplace: Decision-making and factors associated with outcomes. Autism & Developmental Language Impairments.
- Romualdez, A. M., Heasman, B., Walker, Z., Davies, J., & Remington, A. (2021). “People might understand me better”: Diagnostic disclosure experiences of autistic individuals in the workplace. Autism in Adulthood.
- Buckley, E., Pellicano, E., & Remington, A. (2021). “The real thing I struggle with is other People’s perceptions”: The experiences of autistic performing arts professionals and attitudes of performing arts employers in the UK. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
- Buckley, E., Pellicano, E., & Remington, A. (2021). “Knowing That I’m Not Necessarily Alone in My Struggles”: UK Autistic Performing Arts Professionals’ Experiences of a Mentoring Programme. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
- Romualdez, A. M., Yirrell, K., & Remington, A. (2020). Exploring participants’ views on a supported work internship program for autistic and learning disabled young people. International Journal of Disability Management.
- Remington, A., & Pellicano, E. (2018). ‘Sometimes you just need someone to take a chance on you’: An internship programme for autistic graduates at Deutsche Bank, UK. Journal of Management and Organization.
- Remington, A. & Pellicano, E. (2017). “Sometimes you just need someone to take a chance on you”: An Internship Programme for Autistic Graduates at Deutsche Bank, UK. London, UK: University College London.
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