On 6th September, we were delighted to host an event at the Scottish Parliament to present the findings of our research into fair work for autistic people. This research was completed in partnership with Prof Kate Sang and Dr James Richards from the Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University with funding from the Scottish Government.
You can read a summary of the report here: Closing the Fair Work gap: making work fair for autistic people in Scotland
Through providing an evidence base and practical examples of simple changes that work, we hope that this research report will go a long way in supporting us to collectively achieve these goals for autistic people and employers in Scotland.Kat Allen, Lived Experience and Training Lead at Into Work
We would like to thank Jeremy Balfour MSP for sponsoring the event, and to also give our thanks to everyone who took part.
We had a range of inspiring speakers on the evening, including Cabinet Secretary Neil Gray, James Richards, lead author of the research, Cath Brookes, Co-founder of Jerba Campervans, as well as thought-provoking lived experience perspectives from our Autism Advisory Group members, Tindi Lewis and Suzanne Dyson.
In his speech, Neil Gray said:
‘Disabled people, including those with autism, are a huge asset to Scotland’s economy, and to our wider society. We owe it to them and all of Scotland to continue to address persistent labour market inequalities, and to ensure they have access to and enjoy Fair Work’Neil Gray MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Fair Work and Energy
The whole event was great, such great speakers and thoroughly enjoyed it… The lived experience element was really important and I love that you’re doing authentic work!Parliament event attendee feedback
You can also read the full version of the report on Heriot-Watt’s website.