The National Autism Society released the news today that the Government Commits to Monitoring Autism Employment Gap which is something Max has been a big part of making this change.
The National Autism Society interviewed Max this is what he had to say!
"I'm delighted that one of the campaign’s main calls has been accepted by the Government. I have had the honour to speak with MPs at the Houses of Parliament fighting to achieve this so more autistic people have the same opportunities as everyone else! "I'm lucky enough to have a good career in IT. But it wasn't always this way. And I know that many autistic people are less fortunate than me and are really struggling to find work. I hope that today's announcement will make them more visible to the Government and help them to improve understanding and support for other people like me.“I left school without any GCSEs and felt like people would think I have nothing to offer. I managed to get an interview at a phone company but it was a disaster – I didn’t know what to expect and became so overwhelmed with anxiety that I couldn’t speak. I just sat there, shaking and sweating. Luckily, I got another interview soon after. A similar thing happened but they took a chance with me and offered me an apprenticeship."It made such a difference knowing someone had faith in me, probably more than anyone will ever know. From that moment I’ve given everything. I think this tenacity is part of my autism. I still face lack of understanding but I continue to campaign because I hope one day we live in a world where it won’t be 16% of autistic adults in full-time work - it will be every autistic person who can. I always say to myself, ‘you’ll never fail, if you keep trying’.”
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