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Posted 01 February 2017 - 10:25 AM

With the recent news that my contract will not be extended beyond mid-March (more information here: http://www.asd-forum...yment/?p=353556) I now face the prospect of looking for work again. I was tipped off about an agency that could support me looking for jobs in the Warwickshire area.


Just to clarify, I am not from this area originally (see my intro thread http://www.asd-forum...-from-aeolienne for a partial bio) but I would prefer to stay around for a bit. I know it's important to be geographically flexible, but OTOH it's so bl00dy expensive to move for each job, especially with my track record of long gaps in between.


Anyways, I was given a leaflet about WEST (Warwickshire Employment Support Team) which describes it as "a county-wide service for people with a learning disability or who are on the Autistic Spectrum [sic], who want to work and who meet the criteria for Fair Access to Care Services." It also said, under "Eligibility for a Service", that "Customers must have been assessed by a Social Worker [sic]", although the person who gave me a leaflet said that the mere fact that I had a medical diagnosis of Asperger's would be enough. So I gave WEST a call and spoke to someone who said that they usually deal with referrals from social services but there's some other scheme that would enable me to be referred directly, or something like that. They should get back to me by next week.


I then had a look at WEST's website http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/west, which only mentions learning disability, not the autistic spectrum. How helpful is it likely to be?

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