(London, UK) The Prime Minister-in-waiting, Gordon Brown, (Chancellor of the Exchequer) has been asked to launch an Autism Compact with employers in order to provide access to the labour market for people with autism in the United Kingdom.

An estimated 587,900 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum. Many have no jobs or training. The Autism Awareness Campaign in the UK is calling on Gordon Brown to look into the possibility of launching a national employment scheme for people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. An Autism Compact with employers would need partnership working between councils, employers and the voluntary sector.

‘Some people with autism can hold down a job but they need labour market opportunities and companies must be willing to employ them and give them training and support. At the same time companies must train their staff on autism. People with autism have so much potential – they too can contribute to our country’s economy. We call on Gordon Brown to look into this matter when he takes up office as Prime Minister on the 27th of June,’ said Ivan Corea of the Autism Awareness Campaign UK.

In the House of Commons in the Palace of Westminster, MPs from all paries have signed EDM 1359, an early day motion on autism backing the call for labour market opportunities for people with autism.

Gordon Brown recently unveiled plans to get 200,000 unemployed people into work through a new training scheme.

The Autism Awareness Campaign UK has asked the Prime Minister-in-waiting to launch a similar plan to help people with autism access the world of work. Campaigners have also called on companies to provide more work experience opportunities for people with autism – particularly young people.

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