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More Understanding Your Rights workshops on way explaining benefit applications and employment advice

Dates are now available for more of Autism Berkshire’s free Understanding Your Rights workshops, looking at a range of benefits and how to apply, and employment support for young people and adults, with our benefits expert Kevin Jackson.

They will take place at Autism Berkshire’s office in Reading town centre, at 40 Caversham Road, on Monday mornings, from 10am to noon.

Some of the workshops are tailored for the parents and carers of autistic children aged up to 15, and will focus on applications for Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

  • Workshops about DLA applications will take place on September 16 November 4, and November 18.

The other workshops are for autistic young people (aged 16+) and adults and their parents/carers who live in Berkshire, or who attend a college or university in the county.

These sessions will look at benefits available to those aged 16+, particularly Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Universal Credit, how to complete application forms, what supporting evidence to include in an application and the benefits appeals process. Kevin will also discuss employment advice and support available to young people and adults in Berkshire and explain disabled people’s rights in the workplace and reasonable adjustments that they can request.

  • Workshops about benefits for young people and adults will take place on October 21 and December 16.

The aim of these workshops is to increase people’s confidence dealing with the benefits system, making applications and lodging appeals, and increase understanding of how the system works and the processes involved.

Click here for more details of our Benefits Service and to register for free places at the Understanding Your Rights workshops.

We are still providing our one-to-one appointments to help people complete application forms when necessary.

  • These workshops are supported by New Directions, Reading Borough Council’s adult education and employment support service.