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In the workplace

In the workplace

People with neurodiverse differences matter to Prospect because:

  • most neurodiverse people can work, including in ‘normal’ (whatever that may mean) workplaces;

  • where adults on the autistic spectrum do not work, it is often because working conditions are unsuitable and/or because they have had jobs but have not been able to continue with them because of issues such as bullying, discrimination or lack of reasonable adjustments;

  • many trade union members have caring responsibility for dependants on the autistic spectrum;

  • trade unions must speak up for autistic workers, but not because autistic workers cannot speak up for themselves;

  • neurodiverse people have various means of communication, some are more verbal than others;

  • trade unions are the bodies through which autistic and other workers can organise and speak up for themselves;

  • understanding neurodiverse difference can help trade unions improve their own ways of working.