If you are a CWU member and would like to attend this course, please contact your branch.
Autism in the workplace
Writing, training, speaking, campaigning ...
Two days - short days, with lots of breaks and activities away from the screen! - of training about neurodiversity in the workplace. Open to all PCS union members. If you would like to attend, please contact your branch or regional training officer.
PCS members who have completed the Stage 1 Neurodiversity in the Workplace training will receive an invitation to register for this course.
3rd December is the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
We have Janine Booth talking to us about neurodiversity.
Janine is an author, a poet and is a socialist trade unionist and tutor for rights of people with disabilities.
Thank you to Colette Marquess, a PCS union representative in Belfast, for writing this report after attending the Neurodiversity in the Workplace course run by Janine.
I'm Janine Booth. I'm autistic, and I write and deliver training courses to trade unionists and others about autism and neurodiversity. As part of the courses, we look at real-life case studies of neurodivergent workers' experiences. It is important to use up-to-date case studies, so I am interested in hearing your story.
There is an increasing number of companies which explicitly employ autistic people, promising to value their work and provide suitable working conditions. This has been widely welcomed.
But what are the experiences of autistic workers in these companies?
On this website, I will be hosting guest posts to give a platform to these workers and allow people to see behind the headlines.
The first is from V, in Paris.
Fatima’s autism makes her hypersensitive to bright lights, so she can’t work in our office, poor thing.
The bright lights in our office make Fatima distressed as she is autistic and unusually sensitive to light. She can work here if we turn them down.
On 27 May, I took part in a panel discussion at Autistic UK's 'The Future is Gold' event.
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.