‘My Child has ASD and I Want to Work’ Programme A Great Success

CHANTELLE EL-SAWY
ASD WORKSHOP PROGRAMME MANAGER

Hi my name is Chantelle and i’m running the programme ‘My child has ASD and I want to work‘ with Liz Sewell to help parents find the key issues in getting back to work when you have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The June programme was a great success and helped us understand the main issues facing parents who want to work and have children with additional needs. Childcare was top of the list as parents reported that there are not enough qualified special needs childminders and a child with ASD can have many needs that a childminder would need to cater to. This can really limit parents from working at all or working certain hours.

Parents also spoke about their children’s schools constantly calling them when their child is unsettled at school. This can happen everyday or a few times a week, which will affect that parent to secure a long term part-time or full-time job.

Studies have also shown that:

Autism also an issue that often affects your ability to earn money. Only 11% of parents with autistic children are able to work full-time, and 70% of parents say that they don’t have enough support to be able to work as much as they need to.

We are really looking forward to our next ASD sessions which will start in September.  If you think you may be interested in joining us or have any questions you can contact me at chantelle.elsawy@belinagrow.co.uk

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