Greater Anglia to increase awareness of autism

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Greater Anglia has announced that is to help increase the awareness and understanding of autism among colleagues.

The train operator has partnered with the Sycamore Trust to host “autism awareness hours” at different locations across the network.

The events are aimed to help staff understand autism more and use that in the workplace.

The idea has been championed by Alex Thompson, who works at Greater Anglia’s Stratford training academy, who is autistic.

Sessions will be held at Stratford, Crown Point Deport (Norwich), Ilford Deport ad Colchester throughout the year.

What did the officials say?

Rebecca Richardson, Greater Anglia’s Accessibility Manager, said: “We want all of our customers to have a good experience while travelling with us. We know some people on the autistic spectrum can find public transport daunting, which is why we are developing our colleagues to be able to help in these situations.

“Greater Anglia is an inclusive employer, and these sessions will help staff develop a greater understanding of autism and learn how best to support people who have been diagnosed with the condition.”

Alex Thompson, Academy Host, said: “Autism awareness is very close to my heart, so I am very pleased that Greater Anglia is offering these sessions to colleagues. It’s really important that people are aware of ways in which they can help someone on the autism spectrum, so we can continue offering a first class service to all passengers.”

Michael Holden avatar
I have had an interest in Railways for as long as I can remember. I am a member of a number of heritage railways and actively volunteer at 2 of them. I enjoy all types of railways, real life, model and simulations. I started RailAdvent in 2014 and am the main editor of the site.



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