Car Company Funds Employment Program for Young Adults with Autism
Job-hunting is a stressful time for any young person, and getting repeatedly rejected over and over can become extremely discouraging. These young adults can quickly lose hope or give up, feeling that they are never going to get hired. Having autism only makes this even more difficult. Not only is the job market saturated with stiff competition, but these young adults are also competing against the stigma of their condition. The job market is especially tough for people with any type of disability. It’s estimated that only 16% of the autistic community has full-time jobs in the United Kingdom.
A car company in the United Kingdom has helped start a program called the SPACE Project, which helps young adults with autism get hired. The program was made possible through the Sycamore Trust UK, which is an autism-specific charity based in East London, England. Funding support came from a local car company owner, Glyn Hopkin, who started the Glyn Hopkin Charitable Foundation. Together, the two organizations set out to solve a problem they both see within their own communities.