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April/May 2012 (vol. 08/6)

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Mental health and Asperger syndrome

The role of occupational health professionals

Summary:

People with Asperger syndrome experience difficulties with language and social interaction. This article explains the condition and explores what employers and occupational health professionals can do to support them into and in employment.

Aspergersyndrome (AS) is a high-functioning segment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Around one in 100 people in the UK have an ASD, but these vary widely in their effect …

Elisabeth Hill coordinates the Autism & Employment Study, at Goldsmiths University of London.

Lisa Dockery supports adults with autism and young people with severe mental health needs into employment.

Barbara McIntosh is director at the Foundation for People with Learning Disability and runs its Asperger syndrome programme.

David Perkins manages the Prospects teams in London, Glasgow and Cardiff.

Author: hill E, Docker L, McIntosh B, Perkins D

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Occupational Health at Work April/May 2012 (vol. 08/6) pp16-19

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