Name
Ed Chaplin

Age and location
19, Solihull

What led you to be here today and prompted you to want to join the FVG?
Research by The Institute of Leadership and Management found that nearly 50% of UK employers wouldn’t feel comfortable knowingly employing a neuro-divergent person. This, along with my own experience of trying to get an education as an autistic person, encouraged my passion for equal opportunities and diversity, something which I feel Youth Futures champions. I am very happy to be part of that.

What are you up to now? (eg. In work/study/looking for work/volunteering)
I am currently NEET, but am looking to try college again in September. I enjoy volunteering and am hoping to get back to it when lockdown lifts.

What is most important to you in your life right now?
Trying to be kind and helping people is my priority. I am also very passionate about equality and my special interests which are baking, sewing, Dungeons & Dragons and cinema.

What sort of changes do you want to be involved in making as part of the FVG?
I would like to be involved in helping other autistic people have their voices heard on issues around unemployment rather than being spoken over by non-autistic people. I would also like to amplify voices from other groups who face barriers finding employment.