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'You've got to have faith in yourself': Project supports young people with autism get into work

21-year-old Levi Owen has been in employment for over 12 months. She has autism and as a part of World Autism Awareness Week, she's encouraging others to put themselves forward.

It's just amazing coming here because it takes my mind off the things I've been through. You've just got to have faith in yourself because if you haven't got that faith then you're not going to get anywhere.

– Levi Owen

Joining 'Engage to Change', which helps young people with a learning disability and/or autism get into work, Levi works supporting other adults in the scheme.

The project aims to help 1000 young people across Wales over a five-year timeline.

Levi says getting into work has changed her life.

According to Levi, employers often misunderstand people with autism and learning difficulties.

"Not everybody's disability is visible, and you can't judge a book by its cover. So you've got to get to know that person first."

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She wants other to feel encouraged to get into work: "I never thought I'd have a job ever in my life and there's some individuals out there who think and feel the same".