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Every parent is ambitious for their child’s future.

But the reality for many parents of children and young people with autism is they are fighting to make the ordinary possible.

This is where Ambitious about Autism comes in.

I have supported and worked closely with the charity for over 10 years and I, like many of you, have personal connections to autism.

When you ask a young person with autism what they want for the future, their answer is simple.

They want to become independent, have a job and make a contribution to their communities.

They want to be happy and live full and rewarding lives.

Young people with autism have lots to offer employers.

It is only right that they are afforded the same opportunities as other young people.

However, only one in six people with autism is in paid and full-time work.

I believe that, with the right support and opportunities, these young people can achieve incredible things.

That’s why I’m supporting Ambitious about Autism’s campaign, Employ Autism, during this World Autism Awareness month.

The charity wants to ensure young people with autism get the right education, advice and work experience opportunities to prepare them for the world of work, and ensure employers have the understanding and will to support this transition.

So please, help young people with autism get the same training and work opportunities as other young people of the same age, so they can enjoy a productive and inclusive life.

To sign up and find out more information about how you can support Ambitious about Autism, please go to www.ambitiousaboutautism.org/employ-autism.

Thank you.

Jon Snow,

Broadcaster,

C/o The Pears National Centre for Autism Education,

Woodside Avenue,

London.