Scottish Borders MP Michael Moore has offered his backing to a campaign aiming to prevent discrimination from employers against potential job candidates who have autism.
The National Autistic Society is calling for an end to the trend of such people being “written off” by both employers and the benefits system.
Research by the group has revealed that just 15 per cent of people living with autism in the UK have secured full-time paid employment, yet the majority of such individuals are keen to work.
Scottish Liberal Democrats MP Mr Moore said: “People with autism have a great deal to offer and we know that many want to work but are unable to get the help and support they need to fulfil their potential.”
He added that it is “crucial” that people with conditions such as autism receive support in seeking employment.
Meanwhile, the minister for disabled people Jonathan Shaw recently revealed that many Britons with learning difficulties who are living on benefits want “real jobs”.