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1/3/2021

Autism and employment

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has published new data that shows just 22% of autistic adults are in any kind of employment.

The ONS published several different pieces of data together in the “Outcomes for disabled people in the UK: 2020”. This included several different national surveys that the ONS has run. For the first time, some of these surveys asked respondents if they are autistic.

The data shows that around half of disabled people are in work, compared to over 80% of non-disabled people. But the autism employment gap is even wider, with just 22% autistic people reported in paid work.

You can read more on this here

Mental health awareness week

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 10-16 May 2021. The theme is nature and the environment.

The Mental Health Foundation has chosen this years’ theme citing the pandemic lockdowns stating that “the evidence is clear that access to nature is crucial for our mental health and millions of people re-discovered that during lockdowns this year. However, this was not the same for all of us. We want to explore what the barriers are and ensure everyone is able to share in the natural world and experience the mental health benefits.”

If you would like to get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week take a look at the Mental Health Foundation’s website here

Pupils to return to School on 8 March 2021

With all Schools due to re-open on 8 March 2021 the government has published guidance aimed at helping School leaders minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in their School. The advice includes public health advice endorsed by Public Health England.

You can read the guidance in its entirety here

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