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Assisting People with Autism Spectrum to Gain Employment Oral Question, 29/01/15 [S]

During General Question Time on 29 January 2015 Mark McDonald (SNP) asked the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to assist people with autistic spectrum disorder to gain employment.

The Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training, Roseanna Cunningham replied, that she acknowledges the member’s continuing interest in issues related to autism and reassure him that employment opportunities for people with autism are a key priority in “The Scottish Strategy for Autism”, which was published in 2011. In addition to the existing support for young people with additional support needs, which includes activity agreements and targeted recruitment incentives, the commission for developing Scotland’s young workforce recognised the need for more action and made specific recommendations to support young disabled people. We continue to work with local authorities to promote the development and adoption of the supported employment model across Scotland.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 29 January 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 29 January 2015