No one understands what it’s like to be autistic more than someone who is autistic. 

Which is why we welcome applications from autistic people, and why we provide the best possible support to help them succeed.

Applying for a role

We know that applying for a job can get a little overwhelming. So we’ve put together some guidance to completing your application form, and what you can expect if we ask you to attend an interview.

Letting us know you’re autistic

By making us aware you’re autistic, we can make adjustments to help you show us what you’re truly capable of. And there are several ways you can do just that.

When applying for a job:

  • on your application form
  • on your equal opportunities form
  • with a quick chat with the HR contact for the role you’re applying for.

Before a job interview:

  • have a quick chat or send an email to the HR contact for the role you’re interviewing for
  • send an email to the recruiting manager.
When starting work 
  • arrange a time to speak with your line manager 
  • have a quick chat or send an email to your local HR advisor.

Helping you feel at home

If you’re autistic, the workplace can sometimes seem full of just too much information. But we can make some adjustments to help you feel more comfortable, and make more everyday breakthroughs happen. 

Below is just a selection of the adjustments we can make:

In the office

  • desk adjustment 
  • adjusted lighting
  • noise-cancelling headphones
  • amended working hours
  • opportunities to work from home

Support with your role

  • regular catch-up meetings with manager
  • assistance with work planning
  • scheduled breaks including morning and afternoon
  • regular use of meeting rooms for working
  • adjusted hours.

Outside of the office

  • reduced travel to different work locations
  • help with creating a work and travel routine 
  • flexible working hours and regular breaks. 

Tanya Tennant, family support coordinator

"I’m autistic. I started working for The National Autistic Society after my son was diagnosed with autism too. I wanted to understand how to support him, and it was great being with people who understood the challenges I faced.

"I’m a very creative person, and I think drama is an area where lots of children can benefit. So I decided to form a drama group.

"We invited some pupils to come with their support workers. There was one young lady there called Jess. She was very socially isolated, but she loved The Gruffalo and could recite it from start to finish. It was she that gave me the idea to create a play about The Gruffalo.

Choosing that character and involving Jess helped her open up immensely. It gave her something to talk about, and she’d even start conversations with the other students.

"I gave her the starring role, and she performed in front of an audience of parents, teachers and students. She went from being really withdrawn to one of the leaders of the group – and even a bit bossy at times!

"I really enjoy seeing people I support succeed, the joy it brings to them when they realised that they’re understood, and the joy it brings their families too. You just can’t beat it."

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