Autism in the workplace
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Work can be an uphill climb for autistic people. Colleague support can smooth out the gradient and make it easier going, explains Janine Booth, co-chair of the TUC Disabled Workers’ Committee.
Newcastle. Details to follow.
The union's new 3-day course on Neurodiversity in the Workplace will run on 10-12 September at the National Education Centre. '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.
A four-day course training RMT reps and activists about campaigning against discrimination and for autism-friendly workplaces.
If you are an RMT member in the Midlands region and would like to attend, please contact your branch secretary.
Janine will be tutoring this week-long course at the union's National Education Centre in Doncaster. The course is open to all RMT members, fully funded by the union.
If you would like to attend, please contact your branch secretary, or download an application form here.
RMT's Disabled Members' Advisory Committee met for the second time on Wednesday 13 September.
1. Committee membership
We welcomed new members to the Committee, and completed the election of our Liaison (conference arrangements) Committee.
2. Guest speaker: Transport for All
Some notes from recent discussions on Marxism and autism (two meetings and some online exchanges):
- There is a capitalist market in products aimed at autistic people and their families. These range from useful resources through to fake and even abusive 'treatments' and 'cures'. As well as commodifying autistic people's needs, this also exploits the fears felt by autistic people and particularly by parents of autistic kids.
- The mass production brought about by capitalism has had the effect of 'standardising' human beings, pushing us into a narrowly-defined 'normal', in contrast with the more individual, craft-based systems of production that preceded it. On the other hand, mass production has brought major advances and increased living standards. Can socialism combine the advantages of mass production and a renewed scope for individuality and diversity?