Thursday, October 15, 2009

October 15th: Dont Write Me Off (National Autistic Society Campaign)

Hey Guys

This is the 15th Entry of Blog Every Day October and we are about half way the month which it has surprised me that I have done 15 blog entries in a row, I would be able to do that a year ago but now.

I was going to do this entry yesterday but when the T-shirts came I had to move this entry to today but at least I had an extra day to get some stuff.

OK today is a very serious topic is closely related to me and its called "Dont Write Me Off", I will be using a lot of quotes in this entry to back my case on why I am supporting the latest campaign done by the NAS (National Autistic Society).

I have been supporting the National Autistic Society for years but around 2004, I went away and then when the Project For Awesome that were set up on Youtube by the Vlogbrothers I decided to support the NAS again. I cant remember why I stopped supporting but it doesnt matter as long Im supporting them again thats what counts.

The new campaign "Don't Write Me Off" is to help people who have autism to find a full time job and to get employers to recognise this and not discriminate against them.

I was watching a news segment the other day on BBC, showing someone looking for work at every company and wouldnt give up and he is autistic.

I was looking at the New National Autistic Society website - Don't Write Me Off

From their website I found some research that I found shocking

The next few paragraphs are from the website and I agree with these points mentioned.

"From this research, the Don’t Write Me Off campaign found that of the people we surveyed:

* just 15% have a full-time job
* one third are currently without a job or access to benefits
* 79% of those on Incapacity Benefit want to work.

The experiences that people with autism have shared with us show that, sadly, the majority are not getting the support they need to find a job and many more cannot access the benefits they need to live on.

However, it doesn’t have to be like this. There are clear and often simple steps that governments across the UK can take to deliver real change for people with autism. Adults with autism need:

* Employment and Support Allowance to work for them
* Jobcentre Plus staff to understand and meet their needs
* a national strategy to transform access to employment."

Here's a video of the campaign they are doing

I really hope this does work. Im glad I got a job working with Tescos and glad to be apart of it.

The video of the day goes to Abby Simons AKA Songsfromahat on Youtube. I have spoken to her once over a year when she stayed over in the UK and she was really cool. She just came back with a new song called Best Friend

OK Thats it for now guys, I will be back tomorrow.


1 comment:

el director! said...

The jobless stat is a worrying one, and something that needs to be addressed. A very worthwhile cause and the more publicity that autism is given, the more that society will adapt to it in a positive way.