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Finding work interactive eBook – free resource from the National Autistic Society

I recently came across this workbook in the NAS online shop work – our blog readers may find it of interest.

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Description

“This digital workbook is designed to help autistic adults prepare themselves for employment.

Developed by employment experts at The National Autistic Society, it will support you through the job finding process with information and activities at each stage.

Topics include understanding your autism better, choosing a suitable role, applying for roles, preparing for and getting through interviews, finding work experience, working on your communication and social skills, managing anxiety and preparing for the workplace.

How to use this digital workbook

To have the best experience of this workbook, you’ll need to view it using Adobe Reader software, which you can download for free.”

Download your free workbook copy at:

http://www.autism.org.uk/findingwork

Alison Skellern, AGCAS Disability Task Group, De Montfort University

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7 steps to make your Careers Service more accessible to blind and visually impaired students – guest post

Jessica Luke from Blind in Business recently provided us with the following guest blog post aimed at careers professionals.

Blind in Business is a charity that runs a free careers service for blind and visually impaired students. Many of the students we support have never used their university careers service. Some say they lacked the confidence to get in touch, others did not think that their university careers service could help them.blind-in-business-logo

You may do all of this already, but just in case here are 7 easy steps to encourage your blind and visually impaired students to get in touch: Continue reading

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What you might have missed in 2016…

As a last minute festive treat (!) in the vein of so many TV shows this time of year, I thought I’d give a bit of a roundup of some interesting articles from a range of publications and websites that you may (or may not) have spotted this year.

So go grab a mulled wine coffee (mince pie optional) and enjoy a read…

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Not more mince pies?

Neurodiversity

Mental health

HR and disability

Dyslexia

Diabetes

And just to add … have a very merry Christmas break and a Happy New Year from the Disability Task Group – see you in 2017!

Claire Byron, AGCAS Disability Task Group, Newcastle University

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What Happens Next 2016

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What Happens Next 2016 report

The What Happens Next Report, by the Disability Task Group (DTG), looks at the career destinations of disabled graduates.

This year’s report again shows that disabled graduates are generally more successful in obtaining employment or further study than perhaps has previously been assumed. It is clear that graduates with certain disabilities are likely to be more successful in this than others, for example those who disclosed a SpLD had comparable statistics to those with no known disability, however those with a social/ASD condition were more likely to be unemployed.

In addition to looking at first degree destinations, this year we also looked at the destinations of graduates from higher degrees (both taught and research) which showed that there was an increase in the proportion entering part time or full time employment at higher degree (taught) and more markedly at higher degree (research), which is perhaps to be anticipated. There was however, an exception to this: graduates with mental health conditions were not more likely to obtain employment if they had gained a higher degree (either taught or research). This is certainly an area that we feel should be explored further looking forward.

We also analysed how graduates found out about their jobs and also contains a section on disclosure of disability. The proportion of graduates disclosing a disability decreased with level of qualification, despite the fact that only slightly less disabled graduates than non-disabled graduates progressed to full time or part time study after their first degree.

The report possibly uncovers more questions than answer suggesting several different areas that could be researched into in more detail. Hopefully you will find it useful.

You can download the report from the Disability Task Group webpage which can be located at http://bit.ly/agcasdtg

 

Mark Allen, AGCAS Disability Task Group, Imperial College London

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Career Pathways Project: Supporting students and graduates in the transition to employment – guest post

Many thanks to Eileen Daly (Careers Adviser for Students with Disabilities) at the Careers Advisory Service, Trinity College, Dublin. Eileen has provided the guest post below, describing the success of The Career Pathways project partnership…

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Career Pathways

The Career Pathways project partnership provided a flexible and individually-tailored transition service for students with disabilities, accessible throughout college, to support them to prepare for transition to employment.

The project was developed by The Career Advisory Service and the Disability Service in Trinity College Dublin (funded Jan 2014 – 2016 by the Genio trust). Dublin Institute of Technology, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, and Marino Institute of Education were partners in the project. Find out more at http://www.tcd.ie/disability/career/Pathways/

Goals were set collaboratively with the student and a plan of action was agreed. A range of resources were available to students to support them to achieve their individual goals. These included: individual meetings with Occupational Therapists, Careers Advisers, Disability Officers and Assistive Technology Officers.

Students also attended monthly workshops facilitated by peer supporters and a variety of employer events as well as a three day annual boot camp. Career development resources were created via a specially designed e-portfolio system.

The process involved three stages:

  • Exploring your career
  • Building your career
  • Launching your career

Topics discussed in meetings and workshops included CV development, interview preparation, refining reasonable accommodations for the workplace, disclosure of disability at work and managing health and well-being in the workplace.

Project outcomes:

  • 126 students with disabilities used Career Pathways between January 2014 and December 2016.
  • Over 400 individual meetings took place between students and OTs / Careers Advisers.
  • 61 students accessed the ePortfolio system, developed within the project to allow students to log their work related experiences and engagement with resources.
  • 75 students attended monthly workshops and a three day careers boot camp (May 2015 & May 2016) delivered by the OTs, Careers Advisers, peers, ambassadors, and employers.
  • 14 student ambassadors have been recruited who will act as peer mentors to future students.
  • 26 Disability and Careers Service staff from four Dublin colleges have attended training workshops on supporting students with disabilities in their transition to employment.
  • 16 employers have connected with Career Pathways, with three large multi-national employers hosting events in their head offices.

 

An online resource, “Inclusive approaches to working with students with disabilities – the journey from study to employment” was developed and is available at: https://www.tcd.ie/disability/assets/pdf/Career%20Pathways%20publication.pdf

The project has concluded and we envisage the learning from the project will continue to be beneficial to students, graduates and careers and disability service professionals in the future.

Eileen Daly, Careers Adviser for Students with Disabilities, Careers Advisory Service, Trinity College Dublin, July 2016

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Training course

Not sure what is meant by the term “Non-visible Disability”?

Lacking knowledge or confidence when supporting students with a non-visible disability? Then this is the course for you!

This AGCAS East Midlands Regional Training event will explore some of the issues facing students with a non-visible disability, and enable participants to share good practice and information resources.

The aim of this event is to increase participants’ confidence and knowledge when working with students with non-visible disabilities, and will cover the following –

  • What is a “non-visible” disability?
  • Positive self-marketing for students: role models, and examples of strengths and attributes of those with a non-visible disability.
  • Signs and symptoms of some of the more common non-visible disabilities.
  • Hints and tips for supporting students with a non-visible disability, including information resources.

There will be contributions from two university careers services (De Montfort University, Leicester and the London School of Economics) and a speaker with experience of overcoming a hidden disability to succeed in the workplace.

Some interactive group work will be included as well as the opportunity to share good practice and useful resources.

See the AGCAS website for booking details: http://www.agcas.org.uk/events/1293-Seeing-the-unseen-How-to-spot-and-support-students-with-non-visible-disabilities-Leicester

Alison Skellern, AGCAS Disability Task Group, DMU

 

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What Happens Next 2015 Report

The latest edition of ‘What Happens Next: A Report on the First Destinations of Disabled Graduates’ is now available. This report compares the employment outcomes of disabled and non-disabled university leavers six months after graduation and draws upon the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

In the report (attached) we looked at:
– Disabled graduate destinations
– How they found their jobs
– Their reasons for choosing their jobs
– How well they felt university prepared them for their next career step

You can download the report here on the AGCAS website.

We hope you find it interesting and useful.

Mark Allen, Careers Consultant, Imperial College London

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