The Autistic Talent newsletter is written by our Employment Training Team here at the National Autistic Society. The team was set up to support businesses to develop accessible employment opportunities for autistic applicants and retain the autistic talent they have in their organisation through raising awareness and implementing effective reasonable adjustments. All of our training and services are developed in close consultation with autistic people and 50% of our employment training team have an autism diagnosis.

Emma Jones – Employment Training and Partnerships Manager

Emma JonesEmma manages our Employment Training Service. Emma has an MSc in Psychology and has worked within the industry for over ten years. Her experience has ranged from directly supporting autistic people to developing programmes to support businesses to effectively recruit and retain autistic talent.

My favourite part of the job is when I can see the moment an employer or manager recognises and ‘gets’ autism and enthusiastically wants to understand how they can support this talent within their business.

Catherine Leggett – Employment Consultant

Catherine LeggettCatherine is an Employment Consultant, and began her career in engineering working on gender equality projects for women in science, engineering and technology. Catherine has worked as a specialist for over three years to optimise the strengths of autistic people in the workplace. Catherine also speaks at conferences and various events around the UK to raise awareness of autism.

My favourite part of my job is being able to communicate what I know about autism in meaningful ways, and hearing that the result is that supportive changes have been made and that people are now working to their strengths, which in turn improves everyone’s confidence around the condition.

Emily Swiatek – Employment Consultant

Emily SwiatekEmily is an Employment Consultant who has worked in the field of autism for over ten years. She started her career founding a children's work charity in York and gradually moved from working with children and young people to supporting autistic adults in employment. In addition to providing consultancy for autistic employees and their employers, Emily also works closely with the National Autistic Society’s press team on national print, radio and television media opportunities to help raise autism awareness across the UK.

My favourite part of the job is when I get feedback from a client letting me know that the training they’ve attended has helped change their lives for the better. Whether it’s a manager’s relationship with their autistic employee improving, or an autistic employee letting me know they’re experiencing less stress and anxiety, I love knowing that I’ve helped contribute to something positive in people’s lives.

Danielle Inwood – Employment Consultant

Danielle-InwoodDanielle is an Employment Consultant who started supporting autistic people when working in education. Danielle worked as a teacher for seven years, predominantly within the autism provision, supporting post-16 students with their transition into college, employment and supported accommodation. She started working for the employment team in 2014 using her knowledge to upskill professionals in the workplace and supporting employees on the autism spectrum.

Seeing people’s interest in autism develop during training sessions gives me such joy. Knowing that we can help provide opportunities for autistic people to access the workplace and have positive experiences gives me the drive to continue doing what I love.

We are able to provide any of our services for those:

  • with a formal diagnosis of either autism or Asperger syndrome
  • self-diagnosed as either autistic or having Asperger syndrome
  • actively seeking a diagnosis of either autism or Asperger syndrome.

Find out more about our services.