January 30, 2013

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.

Richard Wilson delivered copies of the report to MSP Mark MacDonald
ACTOR Richard Wilson has called for people with autism to be given greater support to enter the world of work.

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.

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