Network Associates

The Autism Network has developed strong and active links with individuals and organisations with whom we work on specific projects that share our positive principles and ambitions.

Jim Taylor knows autism

Jim TaylorJim is an experienced professional in Autism having worked in the field for over 44 years. Currently working independently, he was formerly Director of Education and Support Services in a national organisation. Having been ‘Released back into the world of Autism’, Jim is involved in a number of exciting new projects both in schools and in services for autistic adults across the UK and beyond. He continues to work with autistic individuals, with their families and relevant professionals

In March 2015, Jim was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Autistic Society. In November of the same year, Jim was presented with the prestigious Excellence in Education Award by the Ohio Canter for Autism in Columbus, Ohio.

Jim’s goal is to encourage people to think differently and to rethink our communication and interaction styles and how we can make a difference by doing so. He delivers workshop, training and support to achieve this.

Spectrum Voices

Spectrum Voices is a collective of autistic adults across Scotland who engage respectfully with Progressive Autism Professionals, Educators and Researchers.

It evolved from the Autism Network Scotland Forum and the group represents over a decade of history and achievements in Autistic representation.

In 2021 it was repurposed by the autistic membership who now organise and give it its direction. What was “Autistically led” has become “Autistically Authentic”. They have developed autisticradio.com as a new and powerful way for autistic people to make and conversations in equity with each other and professionals.

IWORK4ME

IWORK4ME is the only Scottish Charity providing specialist support to autistic people who wish to become self-employed. They promote the benefits of self-employment through a unique Business Mentoring service at a pace that suits the autistic person. Sue and Bryce guide individuals from abstract thinking thorough to making a business idea into a reality.

An associated activity is the ISPEAK4ME project which supports autistic adults to develop business around sharing their experiences as autistic adults through talks, presentations and writings.