Autism Works is a trading subsidiary of the charity, Education and Services for People with Autism (ESPA) This was developed in order to make a real difference to the lives of people on the autism spectrum by offering sustainable employment and financial independence.
This is a software testing company that positively discriminates towards employing people with autism in software testing and managerial roles. This company recognises the many talents and skills of people with ASC that can be an asset within the commercial IT world.
Three of the five people presently employed are on the spectrum. Autism Works has developed an autism friendly recruitment process and policies and procedures. These could be used by other employers to help them to reduce many of the traditional barriers to employment. ESPA hopes that this Company continues to expand and employ many others from across the region.
See interview by Tyne Tees TV News with ESPA Autism Works, broadcast on 13.12.11 here
Contact details: Peter Macdonald, Managing Director
Telephone: 0191 5165088
Address: 19 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6EE