A CHARITY has announced a two-year partnership project with Barclays to develop an inclusive and accessible environment for autistic employees at its new site in the heart of Glasgow.

Scottish Autism, which says it is Scotland’s largest provider of autism-specific services and a leading authority and advocate for good autism practice, was invited by Barclays to support their aims of promoting diversity at the new Glasgow campus.

The bank’s investment will create up to 2500 new jobs.

Scottish Autism’s practice development manager Joanna Panese, an experienced practitioner and leader, has been appointed as Scottish Autism’s lead consultant on the project.

Panese and her team of specialist autism advisors will be on hand throughout the project to give advice and support on best practice when creating accessible environments for autistic people. The team is currently supporting the project team at the design and development stage.

Panese will be work closely with the autism focus group at Barclays to ensure the voice of autistic employees informs the development of an inclusive and accessible working environment that will remove the barriers to employment.

Scottish Autism deputy CEO Charlene Tait said: “This new site will not only have a significant economic impact for Scotland, it will also provide an important employment opportunity for people from a diverse background who often face barriers into work, including autistic individuals and those with disabilities.”

“Led by Panese and her team, autistic people will be at the very heart of this project.

Scott Stewart, (pictured) added: “As we double our headcount in Scotland we want to do this in a way that attracts, retains and develops the best talent that can fill their potential.

“Our ambition is to become one of the most accessible and inclusive companies in the world.”