'Neurodiversity' means that different people have different brain wiring. Unfortunately, those with a minority brain wiring - such as dyslexic, autistic and dyspraxic people - face discrimination at work and in wider society.
In 1825, Paris physician Jean Marc Gaspard Itard assessed a French noblewoman in her twenties who, from the age of seven, had ‘ticked and blasphemed‘. She was one of ten people with similar symptoms described in an article by Itard.
The law judges this on a case-by-case basis.
There is an excellent article in November 2022's Labour Research - 'Neurodiversity: a core bargaining issue'. I'm pleased to say that I am extensively quoted!
If you would like to read the full text, ask your trade union if it has an account which you can use to log in to the LRD website.
Janine has recently taken over as Poetry Editor of Asylum magazine.
Asylum wants your poetry for our radical mental health magazine.
Invited to an event
to answer a question of importance,
I walked along the street with highness,
went in through the door that revolves,
past the guard of security,
and spoke to the person with femaleness and helpfulness
at the desk of reception.
The Labour Party's 2021 National Policy Forum report contained no mention of neurodiversity, despite a detailed and popular submission from Neurodivergent Labour to the Forum. So Janine proposed to Conference that it 'refer back' that section of the report so that the NPF would have to consider including this policy. This is what happened at Conference on Monday 27 September ...
At 2021 Labour Party conference, I moved a 'reference back' of the National Policy Forum report, due to its failure to include any policy on neurodiversity, despite a detailed submission being made to the policy forum process. This is what I said in the one minute allocated. Delegates passed the reference back.
Janine Booth, Lewes CLP and Chair of Neurodivergent Labour.