United nations and Trudi Beswick

Trudi Beswick addresses United Nations on underemployment of autistic people

On Monday the 14th of March 2022 our CEO, Trudi Beswick, delivered a statement during the United Nations’ Human Rights Council’s 49th regular session.

The statement set out that autistic people around the world are too often being denied the right to work, and consequently society is missing out on the many strengths that autistic people bring to the workplace.

Trudi’s statement in full:

We would like to draw attention to the Special Rapporteur’s findings at paragraphs 70 to 78 of his report A/HRC/46/27 that, at paragraph (t) of the Preambular to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, State parties highlight the fact that the majority of persons with disabilities live in conditions of poverty.

This poverty is multidimensional in nature and is compounded across the lifespan. Children and adolescents with disabilities face limited educational and skills training opportunities; while adults with disabilities, lacking marketable education and skills, face disproportionately high rates of unemployment and underemployment.

Evidence shows that autistic people are the least likely to be in work of any other disabled group. Just 21.7% of autistic people are in employment.

These figures show that autistic people are systemically denied the right to work while society misses out on the opportunity to benefit from the strengths that autistic and disabled people can bring to the workplace.

As an affiliate of the Sikh Human Rights Group, Caudwell Children has found outstanding results after providing autistic children with free, professional Digital Skills Training and Employability Support that helped them to develop skills to fulfil their career potential.

60% of the participants found work, secured an interview or entered further education and 100% of the participants stated feeling confident enough to obtain regular employment.

Sikh Human Rights Group and Caudwell Children humbly suggest that the Special Rapporteur looks into support systems with positive outcomes and further States consider providing similar facilities to bring about real changes in the lives of persons with autism so they can overcome discrimination and marginalisation.

Watch the statement here: