A potentialdiamond.org has supplied this inspirational story
about Steven finding work after being unemployed all his adult
Steven, 24, is hard-working, conscientious and totally
He's also autistic.
Steven has been unemployed all his adult life. He's been
on many government-funded programmes to support him to find paid
employment but none of them have worked for him.
When we met Steven in December 2013 we took the time to
get to know him, his family and his community. Every hour we spent
with Steven was time used to find out more about his gifts, his
talents and his autism.
Slowly but surely we learnt from Steven what work
environment would suit him best.
Then we introduced him to Andy.
Andy, is an area manager for a large cleaning company that
holds contracts for a number of retail outlets across the South
Andy recognised that Steven could shine in a job where he
could work within a small team of colleagues who coud get used to
his style of communication and how best he learns to carry out
tasks he's required to do.
Andy offered Steven a week's work trial and we work
shadowed him every step of the way to ensure that everything went
smoothly. Following the trial, a delighted Andy offered Steven a
permanent position of employment.
potentialdiamond.org supports people with autism, Asperger's
Syndrome or mild learning disabilities into paid employment in
Sussex, Surrey and Kent.