Supporting autism in the workplace
Three years ago, at the age of 45, I was diagnosed as autistic. It made complete sense to me, like being short-sighted all my life and finally getting a pair of glasses! As an active trade unionist – I was on the RMT’s national executive at the time – my response was to begin a drive to raise the trade union movement’s game in fighting for the rights of its autistic members. This was to be an organising response: not simply ‘awareness-raising’, but increasing the capacity of trade unions and their rank-and-file representatives and branches to represent autistic members (and members with caring responsibility for autistic dependents) and to fight for equality in the workplace.