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Autism in the workplace

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Autism in the workplace, written for the TUC by Janine Booth, aims to inform union reps and workers of the facts around the condition, and advice on how to support autistic staff to ensure they get the adjustments they may need – and are legally entitled to.

The guide explains the difficulties autistic people can face at work, and suggests a number of changes that an employer can implement to make the workplace more autism-friendly, including:

  • a relaxation space in the workplace, like a quiet room
  • reduction in an overload of distractions in the workplace, like maximising natural light, and enabling easy control of light and temperature
  • information about autism and support services available so that all workers can access it
  • providing paid time off for union reps to attend training and events about autism
  • all instructions and policies to be written and communicated clearly and accurately
  • training for managers about autism, including recognising autistic positives and skills
  • all changes to working practices to be negotiated with the union, and proper notice given before they are introduced.

Download Autism in the workplace [PDF]

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