Autism in Racing, the brainchild of racing broadcaster and autistic champion Bobby Beevers, has proudly announced its collaboration with the National Autistic Society to facilitate employment opportunities for autistic individuals within the racing sector. Established in 2021, Autism In Racing, under Beevers' leadership, has garnered significant support from the racing community. The sport has actively hosted autism-friendly racedays at various tracks across Britain as part of their commitment to inclusivity.
The recent partnership with the National Autistic Society’s Autism at Work Programme, funded by the Bloomfield Trust, is set to amplify efforts. The joint initiative aims to inspire and support autistic individuals in pursuing diverse roles within the racing industry. Beevers is driven by a desire to address the stark employment statistics, revealing the disheartening fact that only 29% of autistic people are currently employed, as reported by the Office for National Statistics.
Beevers expressed his unwavering commitment, stating, "From the start, I was very keen on employment of autistic individuals across the racing industry. That could be anything, whether you want to be a jockey, work in a yard, or do marketing for a racecourse. There are so many roles, and we're joining forces to get autistic people into racing."
The collaboration encompasses a multifaceted approach, incorporating webinars, training sessions for organisations employing autistic staff, and job coaching designed to support autistic individuals during their first six months in racing roles.
Richmal Maybank, Autism at Work Programme Lead shared, "We're thrilled to be working with such a force as Bobby Beevers and working together to increase employment opportunities within the Racing Industry.”
If you work in the Racing Industry, please join this ground-breaking webinar on February 6th 1-2pm to explore the benefits of welcoming autistic talent into the racing industry and learn about the simple steps businesses can take to make a positive change. After registering, remember to scroll to the bottom of your registration email to add the event to your calendar.
Together, Autism In Racing and the National Autistic Society aim to make 2024 a year of significant progress in reshaping the landscape of employment opportunities for autistic individuals within the racing world.
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