As public understanding of autism grows, there are different approaches to understanding it.
* A medical approach, which sees autism as a disease or a tragedy, that we are broken and need fixing
'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.
Val Graham reviews Autism Equality in the Workplace by Janine Booth.
Janine Booth, poet and author of Autism Equality in the Workplace, is both a worker and trade union activist. A member of the TUC Disabled Workers Committee, her handbook Autism in the Workplace was published online by the TUC in 2014.
We are working with Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell to progress the idea of the Labour Party developing a Neurodiversity/Autism Manifesto and appointing a Shadow Minister for Neurodiversity. We are pleased to hear from John that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also supports this idea. Neurodiversity (ND) is the term that describes the fact that different people have different brain wiring (neurology).
A presentation and participatory workshop for staff at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Organised in conjunction with the PCS trade union.
A two-day course for PCS members in the South West region. If you would like to attend, please contact your branch secretary or regional training officer.
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.
Venue: Sweet Werks - Werks 2, 15-17 Middle Street, Brighton BN1 1AL
Newcastle. Details to follow.
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.