Come along and hear these four passionate autistic people talk about their work, ideas, hopes, and experiences of being autistic in a neurotypical world. Our Panel consists of:-
Alan has Asperger’s Syndrome .Over the years, Alan has created 40 Royal Horticultural Society gardens and won numerous awards at Chelsea, Hampton Court and Tatton Park. Most recently, Alan won a silver medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015. Alan is a Cultural Ambassador of National Autistic Society and also a Patron of Pathways, a leading UK Mental Health Charity & Autism West Midlands.
Sonny is an illustrator, natural history enthusiast, and autistic activist. They are a co-founder and current chair of AMASE (Autistic Mutual Aid Society Edinburgh), an organisation run entirely by autistic people, aimed at advocacy, education, and autistic community-building. Sonny is co-author of AMASE’s recent mental health report ‘‘Too complicated to treat’? Autistic people seeking mental health support in Scotland‘, and they serve on the Scottish Government Autism Strategy Review Group. They are particularly interested in support for late-identified autistic people, the intersection of autism and mental health, and communicating autistic perspectives.
Colin believes storytelling is not only an ancient art form, it is a great medium for children who struggle with conventional learning. Children with learning differences like Dyslexia or Autism can discover the joy of learning through storytelling.
Murray is 25 and has autism. Last year he started up a new campaign called Autism on the Water – a campaign to raise awareness of autism through yacht racing and sailing and to encourage people on the spectrum to discover the benefits of the sport.