Care Trade Answers for Autism

CareTrade believes passionately that all young people should be given the opportunity to reach their potential and lead fulfilling lives.

1 in 100 children have an autistic spectrum condition that is over 8,000 school leavers every year: 800 of them live in London. Currently less than 25% go on to further or higher education and only 15% of all adults with autism work and just 4% go on to live independently.

There is evidence that with the right support many, many more of these young people are able and would like to work and to play an active part in their community. And for those whose autism limits their ability to become fully independent, they too need more choices and opportunities to live full and happy lives.

CareTrade founders Katharine Doré OBE and Karen Edwards are both parents of teenage autistic sons and were Founders and Trustees of Ambitious about Autism. Since the launch of our first pilot in January 2010, we have worked with over 90 young Londoners with autism. This is just the beginning.

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