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Autistic people face discrimination and prejudice in a society which expects us to understand and fit in with social rules that are not of our making. Autistic people are also part of the disabled people's fightback. This section includes my work providing 'Autism in the workplace' training and information for trade union representatives, plus campaign news, and personal and political observations.
Discussion has started on setting up a National Council on Severe Autism in the UK, modelled on the one that already exists in the USA. I was asked by a journalist for my views about this, and this was my reply:
On 27 May, I took part in a panel discussion at Autistic UK's 'The Future is Gold' event. One question panellists were asked was 'What can be done to stop the increasing use of pseudoscience on autistic children?' Fellow panellist Emma Dalmayne gave a detailed answer about her work to expose and oppose the use of abusive 'treatments'.
Janine proposing a motion condemning deaths of autistic and learning disabled people in care, at TUC Disabled Workers' Conference in May 2019.
On 21 March this year, an inquest ruled that the death of Colette McCulloch was avoidable.
Colette was thirty-five years old when she died. She was autistic, and in a hostile society, she had become mentally unwell.
Details to follow!
Dear 'Autism Parent'
When I found out that my son was autistic, it changed my world. I didn’t know anything about autism at that point. I and his dad wanted to know as much as we could find out.
What support could I get?
It seemed that I wasn’t going to be given that information readily! We had to find out about and fight for every bit of support: benefits, help at school, respite, and more.
Today, I was a panellist at at evidence session organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Autism, discussing autism and employment. There were several ‘witnesses’, mostly employers and representatives of charities. Some were autistic, some not.
A panel discussion with speakers:
- Judy Singer, author of Neurodiversity: the birth of an idea
- Fergus Murray, co-founder of Autistic Mutual Aid Society, Edinburgh
- Janine Booth, author of Autism Equality in the Workplace
Timing provisional - exact times to follow.
The Stealth Aspies are touring our one-hour show, Autistic Anonymous, over the next couple of months.
Digital flyer attached.
Janine will be joining the panel at this important event.
Venue: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ