About the campaign

We followed the experiences of a group of people with autism as they applied for Employment and Support Allowance (the new benefit for people who may find it harder to get a job because of their disability), and surveyed a group of adults about their experiences of work and applying for benefits.

From this research, the Don’t Write Me Off campaign found that of the people we surveyed:

  • just 15% have a full-time job
  • one third are currently without a job or access to benefits
  • 79% of those on Incapacity Benefit want to work.

The experiences that people with autism have shared with us show that, sadly, the majority are not getting the support they need to find a job and many more cannot access the benefits they need to live on.

However, it doesn’t have to be like this. There are clear and often simple steps that governments across the UK can take to deliver real change for people with autism. Adults with autism need:

  • Employment and Support Allowance to work for them
  • Jobcentre Plus staff to understand and meet their needs
  • a national strategy to transform access to employment.

With your help, we can make this happen. Please join our campaign, to help make the system fair for people with autism.

You can also read more about the changes we are asking for and find out more on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

The National Autistic Society (NAS) is the UK’s leading charity for people affected by autism. We were founded in 1962 by a group of parents who were passionate about ensuring a better future for their children. Today we have over 18,000 members, 80 branches and provide a range of services. Over the last few years, we have run two very successful campaigns: make school make sense and I Exist. Building on this, we have now launched our new campaign Don’t Write Me Off, to campaign for a benefits system that meets the needs of people with autism.