Janine read through the notes from the previous meeting, and reported on the process to draw up a Labour Party autism/neurodiversity manifesto. Discussion followed, and included:
'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.
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
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).
Day 1 of this two-day course.
The second day will be on 6 June.
Janine will be running three one-hour sessions at this Health and Wellbeing day for PCS Union Learning Reps based in the HMRC at Canary Wharf.
Venue: HMRC, 1 Ruskin Square, Croydon, Surrey. Nearest mainline station: East Croydon
Janine will be running a workshop on Neurodiversity at this event for civil servants organised by their trade union, PCS.
More details to follow.
Stage 1 training for PCS reps and activists in the South West region. Please contact your branch secretary or regional training officer if you would like to attend.
Janine will be tutoring this two-day course for RMT reps and members in the South East and London Transport regions.
Details to folllow.
If you are a PCS member in the Midlands region and would like to attend this course, please contact your regional training officer.