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Autism in the workplace
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For details of Janine's training on Autism and Neurodiversity in the Workplace, click here.
Assignment written for the Postgraduate Certificate in Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Sheffield Hallam University.
WHY DOES WORK NOT WORK FOR US?
- How and why is employment hostile to autistic people?
- How useful are the main autism theories in explaining this?
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.
Ever wondered why only 16% of autistic adults have a full-time job?
He worked alone, not a team player
Not a keeper or a stayer
Didn’t fit in, not really our sort
Talked about boring stuff not sport
We had to let him go