This year, like many, the charity has had to adapt to new ways of working and is pleased to announce that this year’s conference will be held virtually via Zoom. The theme is Employability and will take place on the 7th & 8th June 2021.

It has been reported that young people with special educational needs and disabilities leave education with only a 5.9% chance of securing paid employment (BASE 2018/19 data).

Autism Anglia works to identify issues faced by autistic people. One respondent to a questionnaire sent out by the charity said:

"I had to stop working due to autistic burnout, after pushing myself and masking for 20 years. It made me physically, as well as mentally unwell."

It is so important that employers understand autism and the ways it presents. Autism affects everybody differently and if employers can work to support their autistic employees and realise how much they can bring to the workplace, it will benefit everyone.

The charity has a variety of expert speakers to cover a wide range of topics from tackling discrimination to bridging the gap between education and employment. We’re excited to welcome Dean Beadle and Alex Manners as our keynote speakers.

Dean has toured the UK for over fourteen years sharing his experiences of being autistic. He has also delivered keynotes in Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, and Germany as well as undertaking four seminar tours of Australia and New Zealand. Through his humorous and insightful speeches Dean outlines his positive outlook on being autistic, and challenges negative public attitudes. In 2011 Dean's work was brought to a wider audience, as a clip of one of his speeches was viewed globally on YouTube. In recent years he has also become an in demand inset trainer and delivers training to staff across the UK. To date Dean has delivered over 800 keynotes, lectures, and training sessions.

Alex is 24, an Asperger's champion, public speaker, presenter, and author. Alex has talked about his Asperger's many times on radio and television, published a book call “That’s Not Right! My Life Living with Asperger’s” and featured on series 10 & 11 of "The Undateables" on Channel 4. He now presents talks on "My Life Living with Asperger's" to many different companies, law firms, schools, and universities.

Other speakers will be covering topics including ways to make the workplace more accessible, how to support employees with autism, Personal Independence Payments and working, how individuals can better showcase their employability and much more, including:

The conference will help young people, adults, and parents to consider options and opportunities that are available.

Those who work in education will also benefit from attending the conference, with talks focusing on ways to guide and support students, through to transitioning into employment, as well as those who work with people with autism to help them find work.

Employers will learn how they can support autistic people in the workplace and what reasonable adjustments they can make.

Early bird tickets are now available for £20 until 19 April (£30 thereafter)

Book your place now