Published by Alison Gittins

The North East Autism Society (NEAS) aims to launch a new Employment Service in the interest of providing supported, meaningful, competitive and diverse job opportunities for young people and adults with autism in the North East.

The service has been developed specifically to impact upon employment futures of those with autism and co-occurring conditions. This project will train individuals from schools or colleges, encourage retraining for those out of work longer-term and support individuals developing specific employability skills and provide linkage and assurance to employers.


12.45pm Arrival & Performance from Aukestra (social enterprise music group)

13.00pm Welcome from John Phillipson, CEO of North East Autism Society

Keynote Speaker: Dame Stephanie Shirley, Founder of The Shirley Foundation

Guest Speakers:

• Sir Peter Vardy, Chairman of The Vardy Foundation

• Kate Welch MBE, CEO of Social Enterprise Acumen

• Professor Amanda Kirby, CEO of Do IT Solutions Ltd

• Richard Evans, Director of Beamish Museum

• Alexander Iles, Director of Iles Tours

14.00pm Refreshments & Canapes

14.45pm Q&A Panel

15.00pm Close

The business engagement event will showcase the launch of our project and will comprise of sharing information with potential project stakeholders, employers and referral agents to raise awareness, support and buy-in to the new initiative.

The intention is to outline the scale of the employment gap for individuals with autism, how employers and other agencies in the North East can support greater employment on this basis and how we will support all stakeholders through a programme of training, awareness-raising and reasonable adjustment.

It is our ambition to create an open employment network of committed employers representative of all sectors at various entry levels to match the diversity of skills, interest and experience of potential recruits with autism.

We aim to create a culture in the North East that views the special interests and skills of individuals with autism as assets to be promoted and utilised, rather than deficits and to create a flagship programme that is an exemplar of innovative and progressive practice to the rest of the UK. With support from the local business community we know we can establish big changesthrough job creation of those who most need it.

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Friday, September 16, 2016 from 12:45 PM to 3:00 PM (BST)

Sage Gateshead Saint Mary’s Square NE8 2JR Gateshead Quays United Kingdom

Please contact North East Autism Society on 0191 410 9974 or email