People with autism are the victims of employment discrimination, it has been claimed.
According to the National Autistic Society (Nas) - which champions the rights and interests of those with the condition and provides them and their families with support - one-third of such people are without a job or benefits, meaning they are reliant on friends or family.
Group chief executive at the organisation Mark Lever said that the majority of the 300,000 working-age adults in the UK with autism want to work.
However, they are held back by a "woeful" lack of understanding about the condition among employers, the expert claimed.
He added: "It is absolutely vital they are able to access the right help and services if seeking employment."
Mr Lever went on to say that the Nas will continue to campaign until the government's 'no one written off' pledge is extended to autistic people to a satisfactory level.