Sheffield MPs back jobs fair for disabled

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Sheffield MPs held an employment fair for individuals with autism and other difficulties as part of the National Autistic Society’s Undiscovered Workforce campaign.

The fair was opened by Angela Smith, who represents Penistone and Stocksbridge, and was attended by Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts, Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg, and Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield.

More than 100 jobseekers with hidden impairments could meet representatives of 11 firms including Sainsbury’s and Irwin Mitchell.

Tom Madders, head of campaigns at the NAS, said: “Our helpline consistently receives calls from people with autism who have had problems finding employment.

“We’re delighted with the success of the event, and hope that the jobs fair will help link employers with this under-used workforce.”