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Should autistic people be given extra help in job interviews?

Employers should adjust their recruitment processes to get more people with autism into jobs, according to the National Autistic Society (NAS).

Employers should adjust their recruitment processes to get more people with autism into jobs, according to the National Autistic Society (NAS).

It told BBC Radio 5 Live that "sharing interview questions, giving candidates more time to answer, and simplifying application forms" would help.

The charity said 16% of autistic adults are in full-time, paid employment and the Department for Work and Pensions said it's supporting businesses to recruit more autistic employees.

According to the latest figures from the NAS, 32% of autistic people are in any form of paid work (full or part-time); that's compared to 51% of all disabled people (ONS, 2018).

The charity also found that 60% of employers said they would not know where to go for support or advice about employing an autistic person.

George Dobbie is 32, and is autistic. He has worked for Allianz in their pet insurance customer service centre in Brentford since March 2016. He had previously worked as a teaching assistant, but struggled to deal with the classroom.

George told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I got the job through an organisation called Seetec, which helps get disabled people into work. They saw call centre work at Allianz and they applied for me. They gave me loads of support - we did mock interviews and role play scenarios."

"Because I've got autistic spectrum disorder I can't deal with change, so if something pops up out of the blue, or maybe some change happens in the company: perhaps some new training, my body freezes and tenses up. I like this job because I know how to deal with the calls, and I like knowing what my day will involve."

This clip is originally from the Phil Williams programme.

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