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. People with autism 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.
The media is reporting that Susan Boyle may never perform live again, and that this is because of her Asperger Syndrome - implying that it is her autism that is the problem rather than the barriers that the entertainment industry puts in the way of autistic artists.
From struggling years her star had come to rise
When those judgemental judges were surprised
A frump like her could have a splendid voice
The admen and accountants full rejoiced
But putting on that mask was such a drain
Now Susan may not sing on stage again
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1. Disabled People Against Cuts held a week of action to coincide with the Paralympic Games. During the week, DPAC attended our Southern Rail picket line. Disabled campaigners have compiled a report alleging that Southern's plans to remove guards breach the Equality Act in making its services less accessible to disabled passengers.
Janine has had to pull out of this due to surgery, but will hopefully speak at next year's conference.
Janine will speak and run a workshop on Autism in the Workplace at this year's UK National Work-Stress Network Conference at the Hillscourt Conference Centre, Rednal, Birmingham B45 8RS
Understanding autism equality in the workplace
Booking fee: £20
Who is this course is for?
This half-day workshop is for anyone who works in the voluntary or public sector that wants to gain an understanding of the Autism spectrum.
The course equips participants with an understanding of the needs of people with ASD and enables them to develop strategies and tools for working with people.
Details and new date to follow.
Janine speaks on Autism Equality in the Workplace at a day event organised by Autism Anglia.
Venue: Theatre Royal, Norwich
Details to follow.
Janine will be give a presentation and answer questions mark Autism Awareness Day.
Venue: Leeds Civic Centre.
Attached is an article in advance of the event in the Yorkshire Evening Post.