Monday 8th June 2020
Last week Matt, my autistic brother, got promoted to director of the MOT centre he works for!
As a family, we are so proud of how far Matt has come. He left college at 16, with a talent for mechanics and a desire to learn and help others.
Despite this he often found meeting new people, doing interviews and expressing his feelings.
My Mum supported him to get a job when he left college at a local garage. Instead of working on cars, he found himself working at the managers farm with cows.
He was being clearly taken advantage of and not being able to utilise his skills.
A few jobs later, he’s now at a job he loves and is supported by a fantastic team who understands him.
His confidence has increased significantly and he’s now married to his lovely wife.
He’s now managing an MOT centre where he has to look after customers and find solutions to all our car problems – a heroic task in itself.
Despite this hard work, he never shy’s away from a ‘what does this flashing symbol on my car dashboard mean?’ text from us!
As many of you know, Matt was a huge inspiration in starting Stack and I am a true believer that with the right support and environment, every autistic individual really can thrive.
There are over 400,000 others like my brother here in the UK, with a desire to start their career and follow their dreams.
We are working really hard to educate employers on the benefits autistic individuals can bring and supporting them to create a neurodiverse workforce.
Hope everyones staying safe!