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    Autism Advocacy Group UK - http://autismadvocacygroupuk.blogspot.c o.uk/
    NOTE: If you are autistic we would be more than happy to let you volunteer with us – we would welcome it in fact.
    What is Autism Advocacy Group UK, what are our aims and what have we done so far?
    Autism Advocacy Group UK is a group set up to try to end the discrimination that occurs against autistic people as they try to get employment.
    We have some clear objectives:
    - To encourage councils to increase awareness of the services available to autistic people and to increase the number of these services if needs be;
    - To work with businesses, communities and charities to ensure that people with autism are not discriminated in any way, especially in the job application process;
    - To work with people with autism, and their families, to put forward possible solutions to these problems to the groups mentioned above so that this discrimination stops.
    So far we have worked with GOV.UK to help improve the visibility of the Minister of State for Disabled People’s webpage on relevant search terms, we have contacted numerous decision makers and we have put useful information on our blog. We are new, but we have big ambitions!
    What opportunities are there to help us?
    If you become a volunteer for us there are numerous ways for you to assist with carrying out our aims. It is up to you how you help us, but the following lists of available opportunities will hopefully help you to choose. They are split up into two parts: shorter time input and longer time input opportunities. There is more information about each role below
    Shorter Time Input
    - Send politicians and businesses advocacy letters/ emails
    - Help promote us and our campaigns (short time)
    - Help with anything else that comes up.

    Longer Time Input
    - Help run our complaints service
    - Help run our advocacy service
    - Help promote us and our campaigns (long time)
    - Help with anything else that comes up.


    Advocacy Service
    As our name suggests our primary aim is to advocate for autistic people on ending the discrimination that occurs against them in the employment process. As well as sending decision makers emails we have recently started accepting individual requests.
    We are willing to help autistic people with the following things:
    - Tell potential employers that they may have discriminated against them
    - Gain education (like online courses on how to get jobs)
    - Find volunteering/ work experience
    - Anything else

    Helping out with this would definitely be beneficial to CVs as it would show that you can interact with various different people and help a single person one to one. Of course, all contact would be done via email and we would train you on the job, so to speak.
    As with all our volunteering opportunities you can leave at any time (i.e. there is no long term commitment) and you can spend as much or as little time as you want on the work in hand.

    Our Complaints Service
    Recently the organisation has set up a “complaints” service for autistic people who feel that they are being discriminated against in the workplace. The aim here is to find out what businesses/ other groups may be discriminating against autistic people and then email the group in question. The point in this is to alert potential employers to the fact that they are possibly discriminating against autistic people and then possibly to tell them how they can stop this in the future. This “warning” will hopefully provide a stimulus for businesses (especially smaller ones) to change, as many potential employers may unwittingly have been discriminating against autistic people and nearly as many will want to end this bias that they have. Unfortunately, due to limited resources, the service will not be able to do anything against those who do not listen - we would just have to hope that the majority of people will.
    If you wanted, you could help us run this service – a document detailing how to do this will be provided.

    Help us promote us and our campaigns
    Whether you have some marketing experience, or none at all, we would be very grateful if you helped to promote us and our campaigns. This can be a short, or long term, commitment and could include the following things:
    - Print off posters and post them in local areas
    - Promote us on Twitter and/ or Facebook
    - Write about us for your local newspaper
    - Advise us on how to increase the number of people that visit our website
    - Advise us on how to promote ourselves using other free “avenues”
    - Anything else that is needed
    We can help you with this, but it is the most flexible of our opportunities. It is totally up to you, as the volunteer, what you do and how much time you put into it.

    Anything Else
    If there is anything else you think you can help us with please just let us know.

    What next?
    If you would like to get involved fill click here or visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c05...f49-volunteers . If you are autistic it would be helpful (but not necessary) to email us at [email protected] as we would be able to provide extra support for you if this is the case. Thank you for giving us your attention and we look forward to working with you in the future.
    All instructions will be given to you before you start in your role.
 
 
 
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