Work experience for autistic Banbury teen

Autistic teenager Reza Irvani helping out at Wroxton Primary School
Autistic teenager Reza Irvani helping out at Wroxton Primary School

An autistic teenager has completed his first work experience so successfully that both the cafe and school where he was placed have invited him back.

Reza Irvani, 16 – a student at specialist autism school Swalcliffe Park – is the son of Karen Irvani, who founded Parents Talking Asperger’s (PTA) in 2012.

Reza helped out at the Old Town Cafe and Gallery before going to Wroxton Primary School where the children adored him, according to headteacher April Guiness.

She said: “He has fitted into classroom life and working in some form of childcare could well be a vocation for him.”

Reza said: “It’s been brilliant. I love the children. I’d quite like to do this as a job.”

Karen said she was proud of her son and has invited employers in the Banbury area to get in touch if they could offer work experience to other young people from PTA.

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