On World Autism Awareness Day we look at life from the perspective of one of our client's who we have supported in to employment.

Adapting to change during this particularly challenging time is difficult for most people but when you are Autistic the challenge of adapting may feel even greater.

One of our major areas of focus is to support people who experience barriers to employment to secure a job.  This includes people who have Autism and a range of other conditions such as Dyslexia, ADHD or a learning difficulty.

Our client Eoin Murtagh from Dromore was supported to get a job that he enjoys at retail firm The Works at Bow Street Mall in Lisburn. ” I really enjoy my job, working with my colleagues and the customers that I serve.  I miss going to work and the interaction that I had with everyone.  I enjoyed the routine of my job and the structure that it provided but I know that I have to stay safe and stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic” says Eoin.

“As it Autism Awareness Day, I just wanted to check in with other Autistic folk like myself to say stay safe.  I am keeping myself busy by enjoying my hobbies and spending time with my family.  Exercise is really important and so I go on a daily walk as this is good for my mental and physical help.  I know that I will return to work when life returns to normality and I would encourage anyone like myself who struggled to find work to take up the support on offer from the team at Stepping Stones NI.  They can help you look at jobs you may be interested in, apply for jobs and sort out reasonable adjustments for interviews as they have the connections with employers”.

If you would like to get in touch contact Carla Bowyer on Carla.Bowyer@stepping-stones.org.uk