The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the chief executive, Leigh Lewis. I have asked him to reply to my hon. Friend.
Letter from Leigh Lewis to Dr. Stephen Ladyman, dated
As Jobcentre Plus is an Executive Agency, the Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question concerning the training employment advisers are given in respect of the needs of people with autistic spectrum disorders who are seeking work.
Disability awareness open learning materials are available to all advisers, and are an important pre-requisite for attendance on all disability training courses. The open learning materials contain information provided by the National Autistic Society and its associated 'Prospects' employment programme to support people with Asperger syndrome. The topics covered are;
What is autism?
What causes autism?
What is Asperger syndrome?
What causes Asperger syndrome?
Tips for advisers
Useful techniques for interviewing
Potential benefits of employing people with autism/Aspergers syndrome
Difficulties that may occur in the work place
Where to go for more help
In addition, advisers have access to a Special Needs External Organisations Directory which includes information on autism and Asperger syndrome.
I hope this is helpful.