Bakers, Food and Allied Workers' Union Conference, June 2023
Janine Booth at the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union Conference, June 2023

is Red in the Spectrum’s founder, trainer and railway specialist.

Janine is one of the UK’s leading neurodivergent organisers.

For the last decade-plus, Janine has delivered training on autism and/or neurodiversity to individual unions, including PCS, NASUWT, Unison, GMB and RMT, and to cross-union bodies such as unionlearn and the Workers’ Educational Association, and to companies, non-profits and public bodies. She is Red in the Spectrum’s founder and railway specialist trainer.

Janine Booth is:

  • an active trade unionist, who developed this training after being diagnosed as autistic in 2012
  • also diagnosed with specific learning difficulties of a dyslexic type, and awaiting confirmation of ADHD
  • author of ‘Autism Equality in the Workplace: removing barriers and challenging discrimination’ (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016)
  • author of the TUC handbook, ‘Autism in the Workplace’ (TUC, 2014)
  • a former member and vice-chair of the TUC Disabled Workers’ Committee 
  • former Chair and Secretary of RMT Disabled Members’ Advisory Committee
  • a lay tutor and former National Executive Committee member, RMT
  • founder and Chair of Neurodivergent Labour
  • a poet and editor of the NeurodiVERSE anthology

Janine’s relevant qualifications:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Autism and Asperger Syndrome (with Distinction) from Sheffield Hallam University
  • Master of Arts in Women’s Studies from York University
  • BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from Manchester University
  • TQUK Level 2 Certificates in Understanding Autism and Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training

Janine’s personal website is here.

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
Beyond Neurodiversity Awareness: Red in the Spectrum