***For the Cambridge News***
A Cambridge chocolatier is highlighting the value people with autism can offer in the workplace with a tasty work experience project.
Tying in with today’s World Autism Awareness Day, Harry Specters – which produces handmade chocolates – invited pupils on the autism spectrum from the Granta School in Linton to help with a major corporate order for 32,000 treats.
So far, the youngsters have helped to package more than half of the chocolates.
Mona Shah, managing director at Harry Specters, said the dedication shown by the students was testament to their hardworking attitude.
She added: “The students had a fantastic time at a chocolate factory and, although it was obviously very hard work, they all had lots of fun doing it.
“For them to help package over 16,000 chocolates so far is just wonderful. People on the spectrum are focused on the task at hand, which makes them highly committed and reliable.
“The work carried out by the pupils at Granta and the rest of our driven team just goes to show what they’re capable of when they’re given the chance.”
Granta is a community area special school which first opened in September 2006 and caters for pupils aged 3 to 19-years-old. It is one of six area special schools in Cambridgeshire that cater for pupils with a range of special educational needs.
Today marks the seventh annual World Awareness Autism Day, with organisations around the world hosting fundraising and awareness-raising events.