My name is Oliver Fenghour and I am the Director and founder of Advance: The Disability Consultants. I have a high functioning form of Autism known as Asperger’s Syndrome. I was diagnosed by a Professor of Neurology at Great Ormond Street at the age of 10. Upon leaving school at 16 I struggled for many years to find employment and found there was often a distinct lack of awareness and understanding for those on the Autistic Spectrum such as myself.

Eventually I was helped by the disability charity Mencap into employment with J Sainsburys PLC. Mencap supported me successfully in the workplace for about three years, yet with the financial crash in 2008 and the consequent austerity that followed, meant that the support I had received in the workplace was subsequently removed. I was fortunate that by the time my support in the workplace was removed I was functioning well in the workplace due to the excellent awareness and understanding that my employers and colleagues had of my needs and requirements as an Autistic adult.

I consider myself to be one of the more fortunate ones as only 16% of people on the Autistic Spectrum are in full-time employment and only 32% of Autistic people in the United Kingdom are in some form of either part-time or full-time employment. 

My primary objective of founding Advance: The Disability Consultants is to help the many thousands of Autistic people gain the skills, confidence and opportunities that successive employers have given me. I also want to impart my knowledge and understanding of how to create a supportive, successful working environment for those on the Autistic Spectrum and for the organisations they work for to better understand their own practises in order to provide the best support possible.

© 2019 by Advance: The Disability Consultants

It was a great pleasure working with Oliver Fenghour from Advance: The Disability Consultants. Shell employees were especially interested to hear Oliver’s personal story, his diagnosis and his experiences, specifically the common workplace challenges that people with autism face.  The session was just the start of our journey to support neurodiversity in the workplace and we look forward to working with Oliver in the future.

Kara Duncombe ER/IR Advisor Shell

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