Autism Ambassador Scheme set to welcome 1000th recruit

Hampshire’s Autism Ambassador Scheme continues to go from strength-to-strength as it gears up to welcome its 1000th ambassador

Mar 23 2022

Ambassadors play a vital role in supporting workplaces across the county to gain a better understanding of autism. They can help identify and influence adjustments to work processes and practices, helping to improve the workplace environment for employees, as well as customers.

 

The scheme, which is run by a partnership of charities and local authorities including Hampshire County Council, was launched in May 2015 and is proving highly successful in raising awareness of the many different types of autism and how to ensure people receive the support and understanding required to help them thrive.

 

Co-Chair of the Hampshire Autism Partnership Board, Hampshire County Councillor, Fran Carpenter, said: “The work that autism ambassadors do is crucial in giving those with autism a voice, so their workplaces can harness their strengths.

 

“Every person with autism is different and there is really no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to the type of support that may be appropriate.

 

“A diverse society brings many benefits – we want to take the opportunity of Neurodiversity Celebration Week and Autism Acceptance Week to promote the Ambassador scheme in Hampshire – continuing to see it grow into the future.”

 

Ambassadors come from many different backgrounds and organisations, but all have a shared desire to ensure better understanding of autism.

 

It is estimated that currently some 700,000 people have a diagnosis of autism in the UK – but many more could be undiagnosed.

 

Anyone interested in becoming an ambassador, can find out more at Autism Ambassador Scheme for Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and Isle of Wight (ascambassador.org.uk)

 

Autism Acceptance Week takes place from 28 March to 3 April.

 

Neurodiversity Celebration Week takes place from 21 March to 27 March.