Talkback Tackles Autism and Employment

Join us on the 5th May 2023, at 9am until 1pm in Milton Keynes

We would like to talk to people from small and large organisations to find out what barriers they face in hiring autistic people

There are around 700,000 people on the autism spectrum in the UK. That is more than 1 in 100. If you include families, autism is part of daily life for 2.8 million people. Just, 1 in 5 of autistic adults in the UK are in any form of paid employment (ONS report 2021). And 1 in 5 employees admit they are less likely to hire disabled candidates.

We're asking what can we do to change this

We are not looking to blame but to have an honest conversation. All businesses have a legal obligation to ensure they follow an equal opportunities policy. However, in reality, this may not be as simple as it sounds. We would like to hear what your perceptions are of employing autistic people. We understand it’s not easy and that organisations often have multiple questions they need to ask. These include:

All these elements could provide a barrier or a subconscious reason to not even accept an autistic person to an interview.

Our conference aims to provide a space where we can talk honestly about the issues organisations face in employing autistic people

We will have speakers from the DWP and businesses talking about their experience. As well as providing practical advice on how they have overcome some of the problems outlined above. And the difference it has made to them and the organisation in general. 

We will also feature our members on how they have found employment, what they experienced along the way and the difference being able to have a job has made to them. This conference will also provide information on how Talkback can work with you to not only identify suitable candidates for your organisation but also as support, to help any successful candidates settle into a working life with you.

Because, from our experience it’s not only our members that benefit from being employed but also the organisations who benefit from employing them.

Register for the conference

The conference starts at 9am and will run until 1pm. It will be held at:

Christ The Cornerstone Church

330 Saxon Gate West

Central Milton Keynes


If you’d like to join us, then just follow the link below to our Eventbrite page.