Call for autistic adults currently employed in Scotland, or any employers with experience managing autistic people to take part in research funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Inspiring Scotland. 

Your participation in these surveys will help us better understand the experiences of autistic people in Scottish workplaces using Scotland's Fair Work Framework as an evaluation tool.

If you are an adult currently employed in Scotland who identifies as autistic you can take part by completing the employee survey here.

Additionally, if you are an employer based in Scotland with experience managing autistic people you can take part by completing the employer survey here.

The results of these surveys will be used to develop recommendations on good practice for the employment of autistic people more widely.

More information about the project is detailed below.

Fair Work Autism Project

Building a Fair Work Framework for employers of Scotland’s autistic workforce

Introduction
Cornerstone has launched a new project, ‘Fair Work Autism’, funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Inspiring Scotland. The project aims to better understand the experiences of autistic people in Scottish workplaces, mapping such experiences against Scotland’s Fair Work Framework, to produce a blueprint for better employment of Scotland’s autistic workforce. Key findings will be used to develop resources that will increase the understanding of autism amongst employers based in Scotland.

Why is this important?
In 2020, Scotland’s Cross-Party Group on Autism published a review of the Scottish Government’s 10 year Autism Strategy. The report highlighted that autistic people continue to be disadvantaged in various aspects of their life, for example finding and staying in work (ONS figures report only 22% of autistic adults in any kind of employment).”

Ensuring fair and equitable work for all staff is an utmost priority to us as a Disability Confident organisation. This project has presented Cornerstone with an excellent opportunity to assess current practice in supporting autistic staff against the Fair Work Framework. The resulting data will also help us to progress internal inclusion and diversity work.

Research methods
We are conducting research in partnership with Heriot-Watt University. The initial research comprises of two online surveys. The first survey is open to any adult currently employed in Scotland who identifies as autistic (including those who are self-diagnosed) and a second survey has been directed to employers based in Scotland with experience managing autistic people. The surveys have been approved by the University’s Research Ethics Committee and all responses will be anonymised.

Further information
Any questions or concerns can be directed to Emma Wood ([email protected]). For advice or support on any of the matters raised here, you can visit the following links:
Different Minds One Scotland
Autism Understanding Scotland
Scottish Autism
Chartered Institute of Personal Development
Trades Union Congress
Employment Autism