Founded by Jack Dyrhauge in 2019. Whilst running a charity to support autistic people into work, he realised neurodiverse job seekers of all backgrounds were in desperate need of tailored mentoring and inclusive recruitment support.
Barriers to employment
Neurodivergent people face many barriers before arriving in the workplace.
- Lack of early intervention in schools and universities
- Underdiagnosis, particularly among women
- Accessibility barrier when transitioning into employment.
While out of work or underemployed, the neurodivergent community faces similar challenges in accessing support.
- Lack of funding for research (% comparison with cancer)
- Lack of funding for adult neurodiversity support
- Accessibility issues reduce access to healthcare and welfare services
Each complication makes it harder to compete with neurotypical graduates in the job market. As a result of this vicious cycle, many become trapped in long-term unemployment.
32 Million people of working age
6 Million Neurodivergent of working age
1 million+ Neurodiverse underemployed
500,000+ Autistic adults unemployed
2019 unemployment rates for autism 32%
2021 unemployment rates for autism 21%
2022 – we want to make the change!