Autistic people face discrimination and prejudice in a society which expects us to understand and fit in with social rules that are not of our making. People with autism are also part of the disabled people's fightback. This section includes my work providing 'Autism in the workplace' training and information for trade union representatives, plus campaign news, and personal and political observations.
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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.
Video of Janine performing at NeurodiVERSE, an evening of autistic poetry in Leeds on 22 November 2017.
It includes the poems:
- Being Normal
- Manifesto from Behind the Mask
- No Autistics Here
- Mostly Hating Tories
- BoJo Logic
- Night Tube
- Disaffected Middle-aged Women
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
Janine joins Annette Foster, Paul Wady and Alain English in presenting an hour of life on the autistic spectrum from the inside in a wondrous, hectically humourous and moving celebration of neurodiversity in all it's forms.
Venue: Bar 50, 50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NE