8th December 2016
Harry Specters is an award-winning chocolatier driven by a social purpose - to create employment opportunities for young people with autism.
When it comes to employability and autism the numbers are stark. According to the National Autistic Society, 700,000 individuals in the UK have autism.
Yet only 15% of autistic adults are in full-time paid employment. Fewer than 1 in 10 autistic adults receive employment support, despite 53% saying they would like support.
Founder Mona Shah was inspired to start Harry Specters by personal experience, her son Ash has autism. "When Ash was younger we were just worried what he would do once he left the safe environment of a special school". In 2012, Mona and her husband Shaz came with the idea for the social venture after a memorable family holiday in Scotland and a visit to a chocolatier. Harry Specters provides employment training as well as real work experience to people with autism.
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