May 2013

BBC news has published a positive story about SAP, a company who prefers to employ people with Autism.

Uplifting news for jobseekers with Autism as SAP, a German Software company, says it will be working globally with Specialisterne to find software testers, programmers and data quality assurance specialists. Specialisterne’s website says it is a socially innovative company where the majority of employees have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum.

On Wednesday 22nd May a “three judge panel of the Upper Tribunal has ruled that the Work Capability Assessment substantially disadvantages claimants with mental health problems, because the system is designed to deal with a high volume of claimants who can accurately report the way in which their disability affects their fitness to work.”

Ravi Low-Beer, solicitor at Public Law Project who acted for the two has said

12 of the national leaders of health and care have signed up to a series of commitments on how they will help local areas integrate services.

The Work and Pensions Committee argues in its latest report that the Work Programme has the potential to work well for relatively mainstream jobseekers but is unlikely to reach the most disadvantaged long-term unemployed people.

Preparing for Adulthood is organising two one-day workshops to provide information on the guiding principles of Supported Internships and how to approach developing this programme of study for disabled young people. The workshops will also provide information on the benefits of Supported Internships to disabled young people and their families, employers, and post-16 providers and support local areas to plan their next steps to move forward locally.

DWP has published statistics for Access to Work for the period up to December 2012. 30,780 people were helped by Access to Work during 2011-12, a significant drop from the total of 35,850 helped during 2010-11. The number of new customers helped dropped from 13,320 to 10,000. 27,610 people have received new or continuing support from April 2012 to December 2012. This includes 1450 people with learning disabilities and 760 people with mental health conditions.

Our congratulations go to three BASE member organisations who have each won regional awards at the Adult Learners' Week Awards.

BASE welcomes the publication of a framework for delivery of Traineeships by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills and the Department for Education. The framework recognises the importance of a partnership approach combined with a need for flexibility to be able to respond to individual needs. The Traineeship programme will commence in August 2013 for 16-19 year olds and it is anticipated that it will be extended to up to age of 24 in the future.

Key features of the Traineeship Programme

An American study has looked at the personal attributes required of successful supported employment practitioners. The study by George Tilsen and Monica Simonsen looked specifically at practitioners working with younger people in transition but many will feel that their findings are universal.

According to the report, four distinct attribute categories emerged from the data: (1) Principled Optimism; (2) Cultural Competence; (3) Business-Oriented Professionalism; and (4) Networking Savvy.

The Government has released the latest statistics for Work Capability Assessments (WCA) covering the period June to August 2012. Outcomes of completed initial assessments for claims started from June to August 2012 show: * 48 per cent of claimants have an outcome i.e. decisions have been made on their claims; * 31 per cent of claimants had their claim closed before having a face to face assessment; and * 21 per cent of claimants were still undergoing assessment. Claimants with an outcome for their claim can be broken down as follows:

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