I’ve worked with and for neurodivergent people for my entire career. I genuinely believe that creating environments which respect, understand, embrace and welcome neurodivergent people is essential. I myself identify as neurodivergent and so I can also bring my own personal experiences to my approach.
With a Masters Degree in Autism (Adults), I am currently a PhD student at the University of Strathclyde. My research focus is on improving dementia detection and assessment for autistic people. This ensures I have a sound knowledge of contemporary research and understanding of autism and neurodiversity which I bring to my work.
I have over 15 years of experience in working and communicating with autistic people as colleagues, people I’ve supported, friends and family members. I have worked with local authorities, large corporations, academics, charities, employers, government, health colleagues, education colleagues, and, most importantly neurodivergent individuals. I have a range of experience from delivering large scale training events, to providing 1:1 support to autistic employees. Throughout my career I’ve had the opportunity to write guidance, training and research reports which have been used across Scotland to increase understanding of autism.