On the 28th November 2018, at Cardiff and Vale College, City Campus, PAGES European Project Co-Ordinators Donna Sharland & Emma Durman of Ontrack Education Solutions Ltd, with the support of NAS/NAS Cymru welcomed a range of partners and guests to an information sharing event, designed to present the PAGES project and highlight some of the issues faced by Autistic people in Employment.
Bethan Sayed, Assembly Member, Welsh Government opened the event.
This was followed by a presentation of the PAGES Project, it aims, objectives and the wider context by Donna Sharland of OnTrack.
Catherine Leggett, Employment Consultant at the NAS gave a presentation about the factors impacting employment for Autistic people and the work she does with both employees and employers.
We were joined by ASD Info Wales and Cardiff and Vale Integrated Autism Service, who delivered a presentation on the role of the team, underpinning policy and the initiatives and resources they have developed for supporting Autistic people in employment and employers who wish to or are supporting Autistic employees.
Emma Durman, of Ontrack (Autside), gave a talk about her personal experiences of employment as a late-diagnosed Autistic woman, and related this to her professional practice and the wider considerations for Autistic employees and their employers/potential employers.
Time was provided after the presentations for refreshments and networking, while information stands were available from The Autism Directory, a charity based in Cardiff who do a range of work including supporting Autistic employees and their employers, NAS Cymru, Engage to Change and ASD Info Wales.
Feedback from the event was extremely positive with a range of employers, professionals and other organisations attending, all of whom said they found it beneficial and informative.
A selection of images from the event can be found below.