TOOL UP

EMPLOYMENT MENTORING PROGRAMME FOR AUTISTICS REGISTER
ndsa-website-graphic-2.png

Mentoring programmes

View More
ndsa-website-graphic-1.png

Become a mentor

Read More
ndsa-website-graphic-3.png

Other services

View More

See what people say

Scroll down below to see ‘What people say’.

Type of Programmes

Through support group

Post/pre identification support, helping autistic people to build confidence and a positive autism identity.

Pathway Mentor Course

Autistic? You could be helping an autistic adult to navigate their autistic identity, achieve their goals and remove the barriers that…

The Pathway Programme

Post identification support, helping autistic people to build confidence and a positive identity by enabling them to achieve their goals.

Tool Up Mentoring programme

Diagnosed or self-identify as autistic? Struggling to find employment or progress in your current role? Take a step towards…

Become a mentor

You could be helping an autistic adult to achieve life changing step into employment and develop your own mentoring skills.

Autism training

Looking to understand how to best accomodate autistic employees or to serve autistic customers? We provide autism training..

Consulting services

We can help to employ autistic employees or to serve autistic customers with confidence. Our service incorporates the latest…

Register

For our programmes

Have a question about our programmes? Contact us below!

    Events

    Upcoming Events.

    What People Say

    What real people say about our mentoring programmes

    Ho could the programme be improved?

    More advertisement of the knowledge abour the mentorship scheme

    Recording lectures / more flexibility to go back to the video calls

    Content uploaded more regularly after being recorded

    the resources are aimed at getting employment but other then this they are good.

    I do find it very difficult to keep up with meetings.

    The only thing I would say needs a bit of improvement is that at the beginning of the programme it was unclear about how many sessions a week we would be doing and at what time they were going to be. It’s important to me (as I’m sure it is for most autistic people!) to know what to expect and what is coming up and when. Other than that I don’t think it could be improved!

    A more suitable time on having the sessions instead of in the middle of the day.

    Consistent uploading of the talks – don’t wait for 4 weeks and do a load in one go…. List of course materials that can be accessed by participants in one place (on a single page you can scroll down, with summary, links to workshop video, and further reading, to re watch x workshop, etc)  It’s really great though – this is constructive criticism but the bones of it, the guests, the content, the facilitation, the idea in itself and all the meat are all super great, don’t change them 🙂

    Better communication about where the programme might be delayed to avoid confusion over missing materials/mentors. At the start a lot of us felt left in the dark.

    What was the best / most helpful thing?

    ‘The way in which it was delivered’

    ‘Building cummunity’

    ‘Having a mentor’

    ‘the group discussions and the mentoring combined’

    ‘Working with other autistic people who actually listen to me, understand the difficulties and care.’

    ‘The group sessions. The one-to-one mentoring is really important and valuable and I have got a lot out of it but being in a group with other autistic people and recognising myself in what they say and the way they say it has been really life-changing.’

    ‘Understanding that my issues are part of my condition and that they can be managed.’

    ‘Seeing myself in the other people in the group and liking myself better for how much I liked and respected them. Group learning (what I said above about thinking no one could ever understand you)’

    ‘The uploads of the mentee sessions (I was not able to attend any zoom meetings).’

    ‘The people and everyones perspectives’

    ‘Meeting other autistics’

    ‘the group sessions and the mentoring’

    ‘It is comprehensive and it does help me understand better myself. I struggle and will always struggle this course helps me to build up this self-confidence.’

    ‘That it exists at all – and that I found it! For once, the algorithms of Facebook were doing something good!  I think it is that we are welcomed to turn up in the way that suits us best, ie. it’s OK to have your camera off on Zoom. And that we are welcomed to give feedback and share as much or as little as we want, no cutting people off or telling them they are wrong to be the way they are. A safe and accepting place to be autistic.’

    ‘Having a support network.’

    ‘I already answered this up there?’

    ‘The resources in the materials.’

    What have been the biggest learning points for you?

    ‘About myself[

    ‘Learning how to pace and set up my own accommodations’

    ‘How to cope with sensory stuff and set boundaries and stick to them’

    ‘being able to discuss with people who have been through the same as me, being able to not feel like i am alone.’

    ‘Learning to set achievable/manageable goals and targets. Self-preservation is important.’

    ‘That I am accepted as I am, and others also feel the impostor syndrome that I feel. I can be myself, my authentic autistic self and be understood and accepted. This has led to me having greater self-acceptance.’

    ‘Monique Crane upturning the déficit model. And just in general all the little things she throws into her talks! Had me laughing, nodding, reflecting on my life! So inspired now to go back (I’m on long term sick right now) and find myself a job that I enjoy and am good at. Damian Milton – I wish my brain worked better (long covid brain fog) so I could go away and read everything around his talks. I will do when I’m better. Autism as culture. Minority stress.’

    ‘That I am welcome in autistic spaces and more people are like me than I thought.’

    Mentees

     

    How important it is for you that the programme is autistic-led? Please explain

    ‘More connection and u feel completely understood – you also know they are not going to try and make you more neurotypical but more yourself’

    ‘Extremely important, they understood everything that we were struggling with and so they were able to help in the correct way’

    ‘This provided additional information that you would not normally get from people who do not have lived experience’

    ‘Very important. Building a trust and relationship with others is difficult, often I find people do not understand me this was not the case with my mentor.’

    ‘It is extremely important. We know ourselves best and can provide the best learning environment for our needs. We have the understanding that is necessary to put together a programme such as this. It would not have been the same if it was devised by a neurotypical person, that would have been like them looking in from the outside and trying to work out what they thought we needed.’

    ‘Crucial. It takes an autistic person to understand another autistic person best.’

    ‘SO IMPORTANT! The programme content has been so great, and it really feels like an amazing space because (a) everyone understands (and I’d gone my whole life thinking no one could understand me), (b) I was *so* inspired, right from the start, by Marie & Co for setting it all up (seeing what amazing autistic individuals on a forum can do working together dispelled any feelings I was useless or broken or ineffective – we can be powerful), but ALSO by the other people in the group – I identified with them, saw how they were ND and really liked them for it (I could NEVER like myself before I knew I was ND) – just the first information session was a great start for a positive autistic ID! NDSA has made such an amazing difference to my life in such a short time. I really mean it. The discussions are so good too – there’s a real hive kind thing going on. People saying things you thought were only ever in your head.’

    ‘It is very important that people who understand our struggles and how we communicate lead programs like this in order for more autistic people to thrive.’

    Pathway mentees

    Tim

    I’ve found the mentoring sessions to be invaluable. Thank you for allowing me to participate.

    I have used the disability-specific alumni careers service at university, and attempted to engage with the jobcentre about accessing training… This has been by far the most useful as, with my mentor being autistic, he totally understands the world I live in and the challenges I face. He is where I want to be and is best positioned on advising me how to navigate the scary world of how to be an effective adult and have a lasting, fulfilling career.

    I wouldn’t say I’m searching for a job. I fell on lucky and got a wonderful job doing something that I love but my passion lies in research and I’d like to make that my vocation. My mentoring sessions have provided me with a clear vision on how I can achieve my objectives, and that they are achievable.

    Helen

    This has been such a great, empowering experience overall, so thank you to yourself and all at Tool Up for this fantastic opportunity.

    I have also found the mentoring invaluable and helped me to get a new job which meets my needs. For me the information on branding and retaining employment was great, in particular how we can meet our own needs and learn to be assertive so that others meet them too. My mentor is great in sharing her perspective with me to broaden my understanding and confidence in my own skills, whilst being led by my preferences and needs in each session. We have built on what was in the course eg. personal branding, to look at how I can go and create my own personal brand. This has given me much confidence at work and understanding of this concept.

    Impressive breadth of topics

    I’m really impressed with the breadth of topics offered on the webinars, really useful stuff.
    Thanks
    Tracy