Resources for Employment, Training and Neurodiversity

The Allergy Brothers brand is committed to improving employment opportunities for neurodiverse people. Therefore, we are hosting this page of links. Please share any useful services, programmes or employers in the comments. Thank you.

The Autism Advantage – harnessing the potential and enhanced skills of those on the autistic spectrum.

Resources for Essex and surrounding counties, UK

ACL Essex – learning support for adult education

Bright Lives Social Enterprise C.I.C. – independent living training for those with autism and learning difficulties in Colchester

Cambridge Neurodiversity Hub – created to educate and help Cambridge build a bridge into the neurodiversity world. Big ideas rather than practical solutions.

Essex Cares Ltd – Vocational Work Based Training for adults with learning disabilities

Harlow Works – a FREE service for Harlow residents who are working but are on a low income and on in-work benefits. To develop the skills and confidence needed to increase your salary or improve your working conditions

Harry Specter’s – chocolate company offering training and employment for young people and adults with disabilities

Inspire Suffolk – a charity supporting young people back into employment and further training. Personal development programmes, motivational education courses and sport activities.

Lauriston Farm – co-worker programme; pay for work experience.

Mid and North Essex Mind: Connect programme – offers wellbeing and employment support for young people aged 16 – 19 years with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Realise Futures – community interest companies specialising in employment for adults

Signals – creative digital learning in Colchester

Wellies On – therapeutic farming programme with option to achieve qualifications.

Resources for the UK

Access to Work – benefits, including grants, for those aged 16 or over living in England, Scotland or Wales, who have a disability or health condition that makes it hard to do parts of your job or to travel to work. You must already have the job or be about to start paid employment.

Arden University – private, online and blended learning university

C F Appointments – Recruitment agency. Part of The Shaw Trust.

Disability Support Allowance – grants for undergraduates and postgraduates with learning difficulties, disabilities, and health problems.

EmployAbility – massive website from not-for-profit organisation specialising in opportunities for disabled and dyslexic students and graduates

Extend Hub – The BBC’s disability recruitment portal

Finding Work Interactive eBook – a digital workbook to help autistic adults with job searching and work preparation. Produced by the National Autistic Society.

Flying Scholarships for Disabled People – Scholarships to learn to fly for UK residents, who are over 18 years, not in full-time education and allowed to drive by the DLA.

Genius Within – A social enterprise to help people with neurodiversity to fulfil their potential in employment and their careers.

Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities – Scholarship funds for university students, studying computer science, computer engineering, informatics, or a closely related technical field at a university in Europe or Israel, with a disability

Kennedy Scott – Specialist Employability Service for Department of Work and Pensions

Leonard Cheshire – disability inclusion charity, that has programmes specifically for employment

LinkedIn – online professional networking

Maximus UK – apprenticeships

National Careers Service – provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

New Enterprise Allowance – mentoring and funding scheme for unemployed adults with a business idea. Accessed via Job Centre Plus work coach.

The Open University – distance learning university

Prince’s Trust – courses for 16 to 30 year olds, who want to gain experience, skills, training and the confidence to help them into work.

P&G Diversity Recruiting – recruiting individuals on the Autistic Spectrum into paid work experience placements at their Gillette Innovation Centre in Reading.

Rising Tide – training for autistic entrepreneurship

Shape Arts – provides training and support for disabled artists, individuals and cultural organisations

Stack Recruitment – specialist recruitment agency linking autistic individuals and inclusive employers.

Student Health Association Assistance Fund – A small bursary for those who have applied for Disability Support Allowance, but not been successful

Understanding the workplace – a course for autistic women who are working, including those with Asperger syndrome. Run by the National Autistic Society.

Page updated – 14th January, 2020