BEYOND NEURODIVERSITY ‘AWARENESS’ –

TRAINING AND ORGANISING FOR RIGHTS AND CHANGE

Red in the Spectrum’s mission is to make a more inclusive world by empowering organisations to remove barriers and reap the benefits of working with minds of all kinds.

Red in the Spectrum is run by neurodivergent people, and provides your organisation with training designed specifically for you. We can follow this up with speakers, materials, advice and entertainers to power your progress towards becoming neuro-inclusive.

We take a progressive approach, based on the social model of disability, the neurodiversity paradigm, and the principle of ‘nothing about us without us’.

  • Neurodiversity training by neurodivergent trainers
  • Mentoring services
  • Interactive courses
  • Advice and support

What we can do with you and for you

  • train your people about neurodiversity – from short workshops to long courses, online or in person
  • provide speakers about neurodiversity, or any particular aspect of it – telling life experiences, good practice, success stories, ideas for change, and more
  • run a stall at your event with information about neurodiversity, staffed by neurodivergent people who can engage and discuss with attendees
  • mentor your people in developing their work on neurodiversity
  • advise and support you in making your organisation more inclusive of neurodivergent staff, members, volunteers and clients, identifying practical and positive changes that you can make
  • write and produce materials: briefing documents, leaflets, videos and more
  • arrange entertainment by neurodivergent performers

What People are Saying

Very practical and popular

Janine ran a very practical and popular workshop at unionlearn’s recent Learning, Health and Well-being conference focusing on the issues facing workers with Autism. Janine has since had her book, “Autism Equality in the Workplace”, published. Both the training session and the book are well worth seeking out if you are a rep looking to better understand and support colleagues at work with the condition.

Liz Rees
Unionlearn Director

Overwhelmingly positive feedback

The Royal College of Podiatry asked Janine to help us with training for our staff and activists on how best to support our members who have neurodivergent conditions. Janine’s approach was highly professional, her learning style was excellent and interesting to all participants, and we had overwhelmingly positive feedback.
We will continue to work with Janine and would highly recommend her to other trade unions.

Martin Furlong
Head of Employment Relations, Royal College of Podiatry

Informative and engaging

Janine provided an excellent overview of neurodiversity from a trade union perspective.
Using the social model of disability, she explained the need for union reps to understand both the nature of specific learning difficulties and how to take this issue forward in the workplace.
The session was informative and engaging, leaving the reps encouraged and enthused to tackle issues that may arise in their workplace.

Steve French
Head of Trade Union Studies, Shrewsbury Colleges Group

Incredibly useful

A number of staff and barristers attended Janine’s training in Neurodiversity in the Justice System. The training involved general information on many neurodivergent conditions, case studies and provided a guide for further learning. The training was very informative, interesting and engaging and all attendees found it incredibly useful. We plan on doing further training with Janine very soon.

Mia Hakl-Law
Director of Operations and Human Resources, Garden Court Chambers

Very informative, thought-provoking and useful

Janine delivered a number of session on neurodiversity for staff at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Staff found the sessions very informative, thought-provoking and useful in terms of understanding neurodiversity and how that impacts people and organisation.
Janine presents the subject matter in an easy way to understand and has an honest and engaging style with helpful lived experience of neurodiversity. The sessions are interactive, with a good balance of presentations, group work and breaks.

Maryam Boroumand
Learning & Development Manager, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

An excellent course

An excellent course, with a very good instructor. Delivery methods had the correct balance of information, interaction, real lived examples and student participation.
Fire Brigades Union workplace representative

An eye-opening session expertly delivered

It’s always great to take the opportunity for self development, to be a delegate and learn from a subject matter expert.

This was an eye-opening session expertly delivered by Janine Booth from Red in the Spectrum with so many useable and useful insights and takeaways.

David Blackmore
Founder/Director at Blackmore Business Solutions

Everyone was motivated and enthusiastic

Janine tutored a two-day ‘introduction to neurodiversity’ course that I organised, held at London Bridge station.
Neurodiversity and its different effects and presentations is a hugely misunderstood area. On the railway, we meet people whose plans can be disrupted and routes changed with no notice. Neurodivergent people may struggle with these situations more and need railway workers to recognise and understand the additional support they may need.
Janine’s training was excellent. Everyone was motivated and enthusiastic about the course and the way she delivered it. They benefited hugely from the course that she wrote and delivered for us. She is an excellent tutor who works cooperatively with her students so they get the best out of the training. I would definitely recommend her training.
Janine is also a kind, friendly and welcoming person who uses those qualities to ensure everyone is comfortable and gets the most from her training.

Sue Gazzard
Lifelong Learning Steering Committee, Southeastern

Exceptional and insightful

Janine attended our site in October 2022 to support our Inclusive Employers National Inclusion Month.
Janine gave a talk and presentation on Neurodiversity, its impact on the workplace and impact on employees with over 50 employees present.
Janine’s session was exceptional. The detail was insightful and was well placed for her target audience. The employees found it engaging and informative; and was presented in a relaxed atmosphere which suited the employees with what can be seen as a sensitive topic for some people.
Her knowledge on autism, ADHD and dyslexia was second to none and was able to answer questions afterwards posed by our employees. We will definitely look to Janine to support in future events.

Adam Hughes
Senior Specialist, Project Engineering, L3 Harris

A superb programme of neurodiversity training

Janine Booth has provided a superb programme of neurodiversity training courses to PCS staff, reps and members since 2016.
Janine ensures that content and delivery are grounded in Union Organising and Social Model approaches that challenge, provoke and educate. Feedback is consistently positive.

Keith Johnston
Trade Union Education Officer, Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS)

Enormous value

All trade union reps need to come on this training! Janine has used both her trade union and personal experience to develop and deliver a highly effective course which equips reps to become more confident in dealing with autism related issues both in their workplaces and their trade unions. At the WEA these courses were in high demand and hugely popular with consistently good feedback citing the enormous value in terms of new knowledge and awareness of autism.

Monica Gort
Former TUC Course Coordinator at WEA London Region

Really valuable

Dear Janine
The Neurodiversity workshops that you ran at Hammersmith were really valuable. We all learned a lot about how a neurodiverse workforce can be supported and can bring benefits to the whole team.
Your use of real-life examples, tailored to our operational environment, encouraged discussion and debate amongst the delegates, whether or not they have previous experience. We all gained greater insight as a result.
Thank you.

Jane Black
Strategic Change and Delivery, Transport for London

Grounded in expertise, relatable workplace scenarios and lived experience

It was a pleasure to have Janine with us for our annual staff meeting at the AMEX. Janine delivered a one-hour talk about neurodiversity in the workplace.

We really valued the informative nature of the talk which was grounded in expertise, relatable workplace scenarios and lived experience. We were provided with the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the topic.

Janine created a positive atmosphere to approach a topic in which Concordia employees were keen to develop their knowledge.

Victoria Lawrence at the staff team

10 out of 10

RMT courses score consistently well when assessed by our accrediting college. But only one has been rated 10 out of 10: Janine’s Autism in the Workplace course. Highly recommended!

Andy Gilchrist
Former National Education Officer, RMT

Our Values: We Believe

  • that humanity is neurologically diverse and that this is beneficial
  • that minority neurotypes bring strengths as well as challenges
  • that your organisation will be stronger if it becomes more inclusive of neurodivergent people
  • in the social model of disability, understanding that society disables people who have impairments and/or differences
  • in the slogan ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ – that barriers can only be removed by listening to neurodivergent people rather than talking over us
  • in accessibility as standard, not ‘as required’
  • that neurodivergent people need more than ‘awareness’: we need equality, rights and acceptance.
  • that training is most effective when it is participatory and enjoyable
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