Research shows that more than half of autistic adults meet the criteria for depression or anxiety disorder (Joshi et al., 2013)and unemployment is a significant risk factor for depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and poor life satisfaction (Paul & Moser, 2009). This research coupled with the statistics in Australia demonstrating and unemployment rate of 34.1% for people on the autism spectrum (4430.0 - Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, ABS, 2018) demonstrates that there is a need for support amongst autistic job seekers. Autistic job seekers join us for a few hours of free board games and conversation around:
Let's Talk - Autism, Employment and Mental Health
With the support from Mental Health Community Coalition ACT, Specialisterne in collaboration with the Marymead Autism Centre and Jolt Games, invites autistic job seekers to share their experiences and challenges with mental health and securing employment over board games. We will hear from guest speaker, Darien Judge on how his mental wellbeing improved once he secured employment. We will also hear from Dave Smith, Managing Director of Employ For Ability and Leader of the Marymead Men's Group on support and pathways available to autistic job seekers.
Jolt Games will facilitate a range of games including Code Name, Munchkins, Pandemic and Age of War . No game experience needed and game play is free.
All autistic job seekers aged 16+ are invited to join us at Jolt Games in Mitchell on Sunday 25 October from 5-7pm. Booking tickets through Eventbrite is essential as spaces are limited.