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Autistic adults bullied and not supported at work, poll shows

posted 25 May 2012, 06:16 by Jan Szafranski   [ updated 25 May 2012, 06:16 ]
More than a third of adults with autism have been bullied or discriminated against at work, the largest ever survey on the condition has found. Meanwhile, 43 per cent said they had left or lost a job because of their autism, the poll by the National Autistic Society (NAS) concluded.

The NAS said the findings highlight the lack of support for people with autism in the workplace, and the lack of awareness of the condition among employers and colleagues. The poll, released for the charity's 50th birthday this week, found just 10 per cent of adults with autism in paid employment receive support from their employers, despite 53 per cent saying they would like it.