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Autism

Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 5 January 2010

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have regarding the services provided by JobcentrePlus to jobseekers with autism. [HL594]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they propose to enable more jobseekers with autism to obtain sustainable full-time and part-time work. [HL596]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional support they will make available to employers to enable them to employ more jobseekers with autism. [HL597]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a national strategy for jobseekers with autism. [HL598]

The Department for Work and Pensions is represented on the Department of Health-led steering group, which works with the National Autistic Society and other organisations following the recent consultation A better future: a consultation on a future strategy for adults with autistic spectrum conditions and the publication on 15 October 2009 of the Public Accounts Committee report Supporting people with autism through adulthood. A formal response to the consultation is expected to be published early next year.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government who Disability Employment Advisers can approach in JobcentrePlus for additional support when working with clients with autism. [HL731]

Disability employment advisers can seek help, where appropriate, from a network of work psychologists who offer a range of local services aimed at helping disabled customers progress into work.

Disability employment advisers can approach their access to work colleagues for advice on the support available to an autistic person. Where access to work support is required, the disability employment adviser will work with the customer and access to work adviser to ensure appropriate support is in place for the commencement of paid employment.