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Funding to develop careers advice solutions for those with Autism

8 August 2019

Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition aimed at supporting businesses develop solutions to help provide careers advice for young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The Department for the Economy’s (DfE) Careers Service has launched the SBRI competition and up to £117,000 funding is available.

DfE welcomes applications from organisations developing the use of interactive technology to help young people, between the ages of 11–19 with additional educational needs, make decisions in regards to their career and employment pathways.

Statistics have shown that only 16 per cent of adults with autism are in full-time, paid work despite having some very valuable skills which can be applied in the workplace. Many people with the condition are struggling to reach their full potential in the world of work. DfE’s Careers Service recognises more can be done to improve pathways into work for young people with additional educational needs and learning disabilities including autism.

Technology development to enhance careers guidance
In the context of a careers guidance intervention, young people with autism can find it difficult to engage/interact with the careers adviser. However, strong visual skills and an aptitude for working with information technology are attributes which, with the introduction of visual/digital technologies, could be used to stimulate conversation and enhance the overall experience.

This SBRI aims to support businesses to address these challenges and bring forward new ideas to support them. The SBRI funding stream is way to support emerging technology and start-up businesses and, in many cases, offers a route to market and an answer to the funding gap faced by many smaller companies.

Read full details of this SBRI funding competition.

Briefing event
Date: Wed 4 Sept 2019
Time: 10:30-12:30
Venue: Adelaide House, Belfast
Cost: Free

Register for this SBRI briefing event.