Speakers

Our highly skilled speakers are autistic and non-autistic professional people. Each speaker gives a unique perspective and first hand experience with current knowledge and meaningful best practice for Autism in the workplace and in everyday life. Our autistic trainers are gifted and talented speakers, delivering training with openness, honesty, clarity and humour, resulting in a truly memorable session providing a rich understanding of autism and effective practical strategies.

Guest Speakers

Professor Tony Attwood

Tony is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism spectrum disorders since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975.  He works in private practice in Brisbane, but is also adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland. His book Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals has sold over 300,000 copies and has been translated into twenty languages.

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Dr Michelle Garnett

Michelle is a clinical psychologist and Founder and Director of ‘Minds & Hearts: A Specialist Clinic for Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism.’ The clinic was born through her passion for understanding autism spectrum conditions (ASC), and her strong desire to be part of positive change for people who have ASCs and their families. Michelle thoroughly enjoys working in this area as a diagnostician, therapist, consultant, mentor, clinical supervisor, workshop presenter, and researcher.

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Dr Wenn Lawson

Dr. Wenn Lawson MAPS, internationally renowned and respected professional, is a researcher, psychologist, writer and poet with high functioning Autism. He has presented internationally and published many journal articles and written several books including her autobiography and everyday text on Autism. His work explores the influence of neurological development in individuals with Autism with reference to impact upon learning styles.

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Sarah Hendrickx

‘Sarah speaks Asperger as a second language.’ Tony Attwood

Sarah has both extensive knowledge and personal understanding of ASC and other disabilities, living with her partner Keith who has Asperger Syndrome and herself having Dyslexia. Together they wrote ‘Asperger Syndrome – A Love Story’ and Sarah is also co-author of a number of other books including ‘Love, Sex and Relationships – What People with Asperger Syndrome Really, Really Want’.

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Autism Oxford Speakers

Kathy Erangey

Founder and Managing Director of Autism Oxford UK

Kathy Erangey’s interest in the autism spectrum began when her young son was diagnosed in 1994. Quickly discovering that this is a condition frequently misunderstood, she embarked on a quest to find out everything necessary to understand and support her son’s needs.  Many articles, books, workshops and conferences later, and a subsequent degree in Autism from the University of Birmingham, led her to roles in family support, advocacy, training and consultancy.

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Richard Maguire

Senior Trainer and Consultant, Autism Oxford UK

Richard has worked with Autism Oxford UK since 2010. He says the effect of autism on his life is not ‘mild’, and what one can see on the outside is the result of a lot of strategies camouflaging what is happening on the inside. Richard is a senior member of our team. A talented and gifted trainer, speaker, consultant and 1:1 mentor, Richard worked for 29 years in the field of Health and Social Care, with people with learning disabilities and people on the autism spectrum. 

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Susan Ward Davis

Trainer, Autism Oxford UK

Before she retired, Susan worked as a Special Needs Advisory Teacher, having had diverse careers and jobs throughout her life, including Ballroom Dance Teacher, second hand book seller and Truck Driver in the United States.  Susan was diagnosed as Autistic very late in life at the age of 62. Since then, her granddaughter too has been diagnosed at the age of fifteen. Susan has a particular interest in the presentation of Autism in females and especially why so many go undiagnosed.  Many women, herself included, spend a lifetime hiding their true feelings and masking behaviours while at the same time searching for answers to their social and other difficulties.

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Tilus Clark

Trainer, Autism Oxford UK

Tilus is an enthusiastic young speaker, originally from South Wales. Being passionate, energetic and intelligent, he found conforming to school routine difficult. In secondary school he was labelled as ‘difficult’ and his potential was not recognised. There was nowhere for him to get to grips with his desire to learn and pursue his passions in creative subjects, and he was given poor support and no choice in what to study. Bullying was a constant in his life until recent years and disrupted his further education.

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Chris Memmott

Trainer & Consultant, Autism Oxford UK

Chris is a younger adult on the autism spectrum who is severely affected by sensory sensitivities.  Our newest team member, Chris has a university degree in Psychology and Counselling, and played national Rugby Union for some years as Prop Forward. He worked one:one with at risk autistic children at a National Autistic Society school for two years, helping to re-integrate the children back into society. 

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James Hoodless

Trainer, Autism Oxford UK

James is the youngest member of our team and has a passionate interest in Transformers. He is enthusiastic and has lots of potential for success in life. Like most autistic people, he is sincere, honest and hard working. He is extremely highly self-motivated to be employed, to feel useful and earn money. Having gained confidence working with Autism Oxford’s team, James was able to overcome the obstacles (application forms, interview etc) to get his dream job – in a toy shop. 

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Catherine Green

Trainer, Autism Oxford UK

Catherine is a highly accomplished Autism Oxford UK speaker with a talent for moving and powerful presentations. Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at the age of 14, she has worked on a variety of different early intervention programmes for children with autism.  She co-founded a support group for young adults with Asperger’s in 2001. The group meets twice a month, and she is an active member.  She has worked with university students on the spectrum with the National Autistic Society, and now provides study skills support for university students with Dyslexia and Asperger’s.

 

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