They aren’t your neurotypical consultants. An IT consultancy that only employs people on the autism spectrum has won a national award
London-based Auticon topped the ‘one to watch’ category at the UK Social Enterprise Awards, held in November. According to the National Autistic Society, only 16 per cent of autistic adults are in full-time paid employment, despite 77 per cent of those who are unemployed wanting to work.
However, Auticon reports a rise in demand for their skills. Launched in 2016, the social enterprise helps adults with autism find work through coaching and linking them with major firms across the country. Staff numbers at Auticon have increased by 200 per cent year-on-year and major UK clients including Virgin Money, Channel 4 and Network Rail have sought its services.
“This award is a reflection of the talents of our consultants at Auticon and the incredible commercial and social value of employing a neurodiverse team,” said CEO Ray Coyle.
“Autism-specific strengths are highly individual but often include logical and analytical abilities, sustained concentration, conscientiousness, loyalty, an eye for detail, and technical expertise. Auticon taps into this potential and produces a win-win-win situation for clients, autistic consultants, and society,” said Coyle.
Auticon also gives prospective employers advice on how to create autism-friendly work environments.
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