I am autistic with several other autistic people in my family. I am committed to learning more about autism and autistic people’s experiences. I also wish to raise awareness and help people to have a deep understanding of autism and how it can impact. I have completed a PGDip in Autism (Adults) and am now undertaking a PhD at the University of Birmingham which is about maternity services for autistic people.
I work with an autism charity leading an autistic women’s discussion group and a parenting group for autistic parents.
I have experience of speaking at workshops, conferences, webinars and training events. The audiences have included employers, parents and colleagues of autistic individuals, newly diagnosed autistic adults, teachers, NHS staff and social workers.
Bringing together both academic theory and my own personal lived experience of autism helps to bring to life how it can feel to be autistic to help increase the understanding of delegates attending.
Autistic people experience their autism very individually. I hope that sharing my personal experiences together with what I have learnt through my work and study can help generate discussion and thinking.
I do also have a regular non-autism related profession - I am an MCIPS qualified Procurement Practitioner working in the Education sector advising colleges, schools and academies about procurement best practice.