The Talk about Autism team includes two Community Managers and a group of hardworking volunteers who we call our Community Champions. If you have any questions about the community please get in touch with one of us.
I've been the Community Manager of Talk about Autism since January 2011. Although I have no personal connection with autism I have learned so much about the condition over the time that I have been here. I feel incredibly proud and lucky to be managing such a friendly, welcoming and supportive community. I am very approachable so please feel free to contact me on email@example.com if you have any questions or feedback. You can also find me on Twitter at @talkaboutautism and on Facebook.
I’m Alyssa and I live in West London with my partner Reg and my children Lana (24) and Leo (4). My connection to Autism is almost lifelong. My sister, Becky, was diagnosed with Autism in the late 70s and my son, Leo, in 2011. Both were 2 years old. It is a better environment for my son and me than it was for my sister and my mum (and not just because the iPad exists). When my sister was young we stopped using the word 'autism' because no one had heard of it. Now, most people have heard of autism even if they hold many misconceptions. I love Maths and taught in a College until very recently. One benefit of giving up my job is having time to become more active in the Talk About Autism community. I am thrilled to be a Champion of a strong and welcoming community.
I'm Amy and I live in Bedfordshire with my partner Julian. I am mum to four children. Caitlin, 20, lives with her partner and their baby daughter. My younger three are all boys. Leo is 3, and has been diagnosed with autism. He also has a chromosomal abnormality which is associated with various issues including autism and speech delay. James is 16 and has just started the diagnostic process. Miles is the youngest at 9 months. James is studying for A-levels at a Secondary School with an ASD unit, and Leo is attending Pre-school with one to one support. Talk About Autism means a lot to me. I have learnt so much about autism since joining the community, and am learning more all the time. I have received such fantastic support from fellow members on the forums, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to give something back.
I am the mother of three children, two boys and a girl and live in Scotland. My oldest son Richard is 21, my daughter Jennifer is 18 and lives away from home studying at University and my youngest son Tom is almost 17 and was diagnosed with Asperger's when he was around 7 following almost four years of assessments and time spent on waiting lists. I was also married for almost 25 years to an adult on the spectrum and have other extended family members also on the spectrum. I joined Talk about Autism three years ago when I responded to a facebook request for volunteers to take on the role of “champions” on their new website.
I'm Kim, I live in Fife in Scotland and I was diagnosed with Aspergers offically when I was age 14, although it was first suspected at age only 3. I graduated in 2011 with BSc (hon) Food and Consumer Science and hope to became a teacher, so that I can work with children with ASD and other special educational needs/disabilities. I joined Talk about Autism in July 2010 whilst looking for University support and have been an active member since. I write a blog about my life and my experiences at fixmatop blog.
Hi, my name is Laura. I live in Surrey with my cat Mitzi. I am at university studying Animal Management, and hope one day to work supporting disabled children and adults to have access to animals and nature. Currently I work part time in a shop and volunteer at a wildlife hospital. I was diagnosed with Asperger’s about 7 years ago, aged 25. Having found formal support lacking, I have sought support and advice online which has helped me find new ways of dealing with situations and helped me to build new social skills and increase my self-confidence. I have been a member of Talk About Autism for around two years, and am pleased to have the opportunity to help keep the community a safe and friendly place for everyone. I also suffer from fibromyalgia, which makes life interesting at times! I enjoy reading, cross-stitching, visiting zoos, bird-watching , and cuddling cats.
I'm Liz, I live in Gloucestershire with my husband Dan and am a full time Mum to my two boys Thomas 6 and Morgan 4.5. Thomas was diagnosed in April 2013 as having high functioning autism. Thomas attended mainstream infant's up until March this year where the structure, fast moving pace of school and busy noisy environment were too much for him. We applied for statutory assessment September 2012 and he was issued with a Statement of SEN in February 2013 .In March this year after initially being refused a placement at a ASD unit we finally got him a placement at the one we wanted. We have seen him go from strength to strength since moving there. This past year has been an absolute whirlwind and we are still learning about autism ourselves, however we have found the help and support from Talk about Autism a real source of inspiration and comfort which is why I want to be able to give something back.
I'm Nicky, and I live in west Kent with my hubby, Ken, and our two boys. Matt is 14, and Stuart is 9 and was diagnosed with high-functioning autism when he was 4. Stuart went to our local mainstream primary school at first but found it difficult to cope due to his sensory issues. We applied for a statement of special needs and, after quite a lengthy battle, he moved to an ASD unit attached to a mainstream school. He's much happier now and doing very well. After his diagnosis, I decided I would educate myself about Autism, which is how I discovered Talk about Autism. I've been here from the start, and it's been a huge source of advice and support. It's also great to be able to help others who are going through the same things as us.