We have a received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following:
- What autism awareness training has your staff received?
- How often is such training rolled out?
- What form does it take?
- Who provides it?
- What have you done to attempt to ensure equality for those with autism, aspergers, autistic spectrum conditions so far?
- What research into autism awareness needs have you carried out so far, or what equality issues have you dealt with for those with autism?
We released the following information on 11 July 2011.
With regards to autism awareness training, the Home Office Disability Support Network (HODS), provides advice and tailored support to managers with regards to a range of disability issues, including autism, where necessary. The Home Office has also held an autism awareness event in 2007. Business areas within the Home Office receive assistance from Autism Plus, who give advice to both individual members of staff and the management chain regarding autism issues.
The Home Office provides support for staff with autism through a buddy network for staff with autism. This is supported by HODS who hold regular meetings with representatives from the buddy network. In March 2011, the Home Office became the first organisation to be ClearAssured. This is a statement of the Home Office’s commitment to identifying and removing barriers from recruitment policy, process and practice which have the potential to exclude disabled people.
We do not hold information relating to research by the Government Equalities Office into autism awareness needs. However, you may also like to know that the GEO are responsible for the Equality Act 2010, including the provisions therein which protect disabled people’s rights, including those with Autism, Aspergers, or Autistic Spectrum Conditions.