By Kris Jepson
A chocolate factory in Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, has produced Belgian chocolate truffles to raise awareness of Autism and highlight the need for adults on the spectrum to get better access to employment.
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Ampleforth Plus chocolate factory is one of six social enterprise businesses run by Autism Plus. It trains and provides work experience to adults with autism, enabling them to better access full-time employment.
Commercial manager of the factory, Janet Jay, told ITV News, it is important to mark World Autism Week by highlighting the issues of employment.
It is thought that one in a hundred people are on the autistic spectrum. Autism is a disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people. It can mean taking part in everyday family, school, work and social life, can be harder. Some autistic people say the world feels overwhelming and this can cause them considerable anxiety.
The North East Autism Society says recent research suggests 68 per cent of adults with Autism are unemployed. As a result of this research the charity launched its Employment Futures programme six months ago to assist people with autism in securing work.
Jonathan Raiseborough, 18, is "high functioning" on the autism spectrum and has Aspergers. He also has a talent for art and it is his attention to detail and creativity that has secured him his first paid job as a children's book illustrator.
He is illustrating children's author, Peter Barron's new book which launches in the autumn.