My interest in autism began when my son was diagnosed in 2005 as autistic at the age of two. I was also diagnosed with Asperger’s in 2009 at the age of thirty-six. Since then I’ve worked as a consultant and academic with a wide range of publications. My primary focus is on increasing the meaningful participation of autistic people and people with learning disabilities in the research process.
I work part-time for the National Autistic Society (NAS) as Head of Autism Knowledge and Expertise (Adults and Community) and sit on the scientific and advisory committee for Research Autism. I also teach on the MA Education (Autism) programme at London South Bank University and have been a consultant for the Transform Autism Education (TAE) project and a number of projects for the Autism Education Trust (AET).
I joined the Tizard Centre, University of Kent as a part-time Lecturer to coincide with my work for the NAS. I chair the Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC): www.PARCautism.co.uk