Using Flexible Approaches to Empower Young People with Autism

James Ross Hamilton

The National Autistic Society Scotland

After receiving a relatively late diagnosis of autism, James joined the Moving Forward project as a participant in 2015. Having expressed a strong desire to help other young people with autism, it was felt that James may benefit from undertaking a work placement within the project.As a result of the significant contribution that James was able to make, initially on placement and later as a volunteer, he was appointed to the project in December 2015, in the role of Employment Support Worker.James’ role involves giving other young people with autism the opportunity to communicate what they want to achieve in life and providing advice about what they need to do to get there. A big part of that process involves sharing tools and resources to help people deal with stress and anxiety and find peace in themselves.

Callum McCrosson

The National Autistic Society Scotland

Callum was diagnosed with autism in November 2011 and self-referred to the Moving Forward project the following February. Having expressed an interest in the work of the project, Callum joined the team as a volunteer in November 2012. Through the experience he was able to gain as a volunteer, Callum secured a position as Employment Support Advisor on the Moving Forward project. In 2014, Callum moved on to another role within the National Autistic Society’s Training and Consultancy team. Whilst working as part of NAS Training & Consultancy, Callum undertook a variety of public speaking engagements, including presentations to Postgraduate level students at Glasgow Caledonian University and large scale events such as ‘Disability Confident - Glasgow’.In June of 2015, Callum returned to the Moving Forward project as Befriending and Mentoring Coordinator. His current role involves managing the Mentoring element of the Moving Forward project.


The Moving Forward Project - delivered by Prospects Employment Service, The National Autistic Society Scotland Introduction The project provides a flexible and person centred pathway toward employment and related activity. ... [ view full abstract ]


  1. James Doherty (The National Autistic Society Scotland)
  2. James Ross Hamilton (The National Autistic Society Scotland)
  3. Callum McCrosson (The National Autistic Society Scotland)

Topic Area

Topics: Practice


V2A » Oral Posters: Communication; interventions I (14:40 - Friday, 16th September, Moorfoot Room)

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