Nashir Miah is a Post Room Assistant at The National Autistic Society.

Nashir is autistic and works in the post room at The National Autistic Society

How long have you worked at The National Autistic Society?

Seven months.

What is your role?

I work in the post room as a Post Room Assistant. My duties include sorting the post and franking mail. I also make sure that the correct department codes are on outgoing mail.

What do you like about your job?

I really enjoy my job. From using the franking machine and working systematically to interacting with my colleagues. I feel that I achieve lots of daily goals which gives me lots of job satisfaction. I enjoy making new friends at work and my colleagues are kind, friendly, patient and calm. I feel really proud to be working for the charity and it makes me happy to know that I am doing a good job. 

What support do you need to help you do your job well?

Things that help me at work are:

  • clear and direct instructions
  • written and printed instructions which I can follow
  • taking notes
  • opportunities to meet 1:1 to talk about my work
  • being able to ask my colleagues for help
  • patience from my manager and colleagues.

Why is working important to you?

Working has provided me the opportunity to learn new skills and boost my confidence. I earn money which helps me be independent and do the things I want to do. It is also nice to get out of the house and do something that makes me feel valued and proud. I want to make my family, friends and colleagues proud of me too.

I feel that there are lots of things that I can do that I didn’t think I was able to do before. I travel independently to and from work and am learning new journeys and skills every day to help me become even more independent.

Do you have any advice to employers about supporting autistic people?

As an autistic person, I want to help other autistic people feel they have lots of opportunities in their lives and for employers not to make judgements.

If employers make use of autistic people’s skills and provide opportunities to support and be patient, then an autistic employee will work hard in return.  

Are you autistic and enjoy your job? If you have a story you would like to share please contact Richmal.maybank@nas.org.uk.

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