Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Education Studies Senior Lecturer attends parliamentary working group

Thursday, 26 April 2018


Oxford Brookes Senior Lecturer Jon Reid recently attended a round table parliamentary working group at Portcullis House in Westminster. Jon was there to support one of his former students Max J Green, who spoke about his experience of receiving support from the Sovereign Housing Association (a national organisation that supports the employability of people with additional needs such as Autism).

The parliamentary working group has been formed to help to implement the recommendations made by the Maynard Taskforce. The taskforce was created to make the apprenticeship scheme more accessible for people with Autism and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. 

Jon said of the day: “I felt honoured to have been invited to join Max as he continues his important journey in raising awareness about the employability of young people and adults with Autism. Having taught Max at an Independent Secondary Special School I am really proud of his powerful advocacy and achievements. Max has been invited to give a number of talks here at Oxford Brookes University to our teaching students, which have always been inspirational.  We have since been invited to speak together at a number of national conferences including FestAble and the SEND Strand of the Festival of Education conference. Here we will explore our experiences of learning together and hope to continue to raise awareness relating to the education and future employability potential of young people with additional learning needs”. 

A National Autistic Society survey conducted in 2016, showed 16% of autistic adults were in full-time employment and 16% were in part-time employment (an employment rate of 32%). In 2007 the full-time rate was 15% - this shows that over the last 10 years there has been little change. Figures for the same year show the full extent of the challenges faced - 49% of the wider disability community were employed, compared to 79% of the general population.

Jon Reid is Senior Lecturer in Child Development and SEN/ Inclusion. He is the the subject coordinator for the Education Studies SEN, Inclusion and Disability course at Oxford Brookes.