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.
This poem is about the murder of 18-year-old, gay, autistic student Steven Simpson - and the appalling miscarriage of justice when his killer was prosecuted. You can read a news report giving more information here; and the resolution adopted by TUC Disabled Workers' Conference here. The poem imagines what might happen if the tables were turned on reactionary judges!
I heard the local judge was having a party at his flat
I thought that sounded tasty, I'll have a bit of that
There'll probably be some posh nosh and a bit of legal chat
I hadn't been invited, but who cares about that?
Knives. Forks. Spoons. Obviously.
What other arrangement could it possibly be?
There's a reason that cutlery drawers have three distinct spaces
So we can place our utensils in their correct places
It's forks in the middle, knives and spoons to their border
How could you entertain any other order?
And the little slot, sideways, at the front of the drawer
Training teacher trade unionists about autism.
Venue: NASUWT, Birmingham.
Venue: 2nd Floor, 15 Church Walk, Peterborough, PE1 2TP
A two-day course for PCS member in the East of England region. Contact your branch secretary or regional training officer if you would like to attend.
Janine takes the Disaffected Middle-aged Women to this excellent event ...
Celebrating the culture and unique talents of people with invisible disabilities, such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia and synaesthesia, this groundbreaking show will feature spoken word, comedy and live performance art by highly acclaimed artists with invisible disabilities.
Venue: Rich Mix London, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA
Join Janine, Paul Wady, Alain English, Jason Why and possibly others for an evening of autistic entertainers asking for your solidarity no your sympathy.
The Disaffected Middle-aged Women will be featuring in Janine's performance.
Venue: Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, London SE11 5HL
Venue: Vulcan House, Sheffield
If you are a PCS member in Yorkshire and Humber region and would like to attend this course, please contact your Branch or Regional Training Officer.