Brighter Futures for Autistic Young People

Ambitious about Autism

In 2021, Ambitious about Autism (AaA) and Marsh McLennan embarked on a four-year UK strategic charity partnership to create brighter futures for autistic young people.

This partnership exemplifies a groundbreaking partnership, which has trailblazed ‘autism confidence’ in the insurance sector, creating long lasting change for autistic young people and systemic change for employers.

The partnership addresses the shocking issue that only 29% of autistic people are in employment. We’ve collaborated to set the ‘gold standard’ for inclusive employment practices and developed an ‘autism confidence’ framework for others to adopt to tackle this high unemployment rate.

Achieving autism confidence status has involved changes to recruitment policy and practice; extensive autism awareness training for managers and colleagues; changes to physical workspaces; offering internships across the organisation and developing a lived experience group. In addition to this, colleagues are on track to fundraise £1m.

Together we’ve been able to amplify the voices of autistic young people, provide life changing job opportunities, enrich our cultures, bring fresh perspectives and enhance employee engagement. This is innovative and meaningful partnership will have a true legacy for both organisations, impacting on the lives of autistic young people and creating positive culture change for years to come.