2013 Presenters

This page about Autscape 2013 is of historical interest only. Go to the home page for current information.

Contents

  1. Alexis Green
  2. Caroline Henthorne
  3. Damian Milton
  4. Jay Blue
  5. Kalen
  6. Larry Arnold
  7. Lyte
  8. Peter Baimbridge
  9. Susy
  10. Yo

2013 Presenters' Bios

Alexis Green

Presenting: Self-advocacy booklet for adults on the autism spectrum

Alexis Green, BPhil Autism 2:1 was diagnosed quite some time ago and has been involved in a number of projects including the group that created the self-advocacy booklet as a co-author. She facilitates autism social groups in the Bristol and Bath areas including a self-advocacy group. Her degree is in autism and she has personal experience of using the book to help her communicate in difficult situations. She is also a wheelchair user and has found this booklet can be used to communicate any needs she has difficulties expressing herself. As the booklet is free from the NAS website she hopes many people will be able to benefit from using this resource.

Caroline Henthorne

Presenting: A Faith That Speaks Our Language

Caroline Henthorne has been diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum for the last eight years, in which time she has been involved in the autistic community in a number of ways: writing on political activism for Asperger United magazine; researching the approach psychotherapists use with autistic clients for her MA; and representing the needs of autistic people on a steering group at Lambeth Council. Caroline plans to conduct further research into meeting the needs of autistic adults focusing on equipping churches to engage with autistic people.

Damian Milton

Presenting: From finding a voice to being understood: exploring the double empathy problem

Damian is currently studying for a doctorate with the Autism Centre for Educational Research at the University of Birmingham. He is a member of the steering group for this department, a member of the programme board for the Autism Education Trust, and a member of the scientific and advisory committee for Research Autism. Damian has also recently started work for the National Autistic Society as a consultant for their ‘Ask Autism’ project. Damian holds a number of academic qualifications and a number of years experience as a lecturer in both FE and HE. Damian’s interest in autism began when his son was diagnosed in 2005 as autistic at the age of two. Damian was also diagnosed with Asperger’s in 2009 at the age of thirty-six.

Jay Blue

Presenting: Find your voice through self-employment

As well as being a successful teacher of foreign languages, Jay Blue is a London-based autism consultant, non-fiction writer and entrepreneur. Upon discovering her autistic self under three years ago and overcoming various challenges along the way, Jay Blue has been committed to creating projects which empower those on the spectrum and share the unique gifts found in autism. She is the author of “An Aspie Girl’s Guide to Finding Love in the Neurotypical World” (a dating manual for autistic women) and creator of Stim Rock Express, a creative and successful NAS project run by autistic adults. Contributions from autistic people are welcome and will be posted on www.stimrockexpress.org.

Kalen

Presenting: When you can't find your voice - using signs and symbols to supplement speech

(bio to follow)

Larry Arnold

Presenting: Listening to autistic voices

Larry has played a pivotal role in the Autism Rights movement in the UK, serving on the board of the NAS and facilitating a local neurodiversity group amongst other things. He has presented at Autscape before, and at various conferences. He comes from a background of disability rights and specialises in video, this being the topic of his PhD research in Autism and Education at the University of Birmingham. He claims the right to be called neuro-diverse by virtue of more than one neurological diagnosis; however, autism is one he is happy to use as a positive affirmation of who and what he is.

Lyte

Presenting: "Sitting on a rock": exploring what may have been given up for lost

Lyte has been a regular attender of Autscape since discovering and identifying with the neurodivergent community as an adult. Life spent in ‘socially enforced NT-emulation mode’ resulted in survival but not in gaining the freedoms that appear to be on offer in wider society. This raises questions of how to reclaim a sense of ‘wholeness’ which Lyte has been exploring through a search for Meaning, and the seeking, learning, loss and findings encountered along the way.
An experienced teacher in higher and further education currently studying at post grad level in mainstream education, and with a backdrop of other areas of study including humanistic psychology and nonviolent communication, Lyte is a qualified and practicing artist.
Recently Lyte has presented at Birmingham University and collaborated on papers featured in various academic journals such as 'Good autism Practice' and ‘Autonomy’, as well as being cited in other writings. 

Peter Baimbridge

Presenting: Making Conversation

Diagnosed with high-functioning autism, Peter built a career in sales and marketing and has been helping individuals with interpersonal communication difficulties on a personal basis. Direct and second hand experience has given him insights into some of the problems many people face meeting new people and making small talk.

Susy

Presenting: The Colour of In-Between

Susy grew up with autism and neuro-diversity ‘in the family’ and has spent her adult life challenging discrimination and fighting for equal rights at all levels of education and across the arts, community and health sectors in the UK and abroad. She is currently investigating ways to incorporate the views and diverse identities of autistic young people in debates around inclusion in services as a part of her doctoral research at the Autism Centre for Education and Research at the University of Birmingham. Susy is more comfortable with the identity of neurodiverse as regards describing her various neurological challenges.

Yo

Presenting: Finding a voice within organisations

Yo is autistic and has two children who are both also autistic. She has a PhD in policy analysis and her academic work in social sciences has often involved the study of political and social organisations. She has an obsessive interest in organisational structures, procedures and underlying legal frameworks, particularly in the voluntary sector. She has 8 years experience as secretary and company secretary of Autscape during which she has supported the process of Autscape's organisational development. Prior to and alongside that experience, she has knowledge and experience of a wide range of other organisations (mostly outside the autistic community and ranging from political groups to charities to campaigning groups to local forums and community groups). In the past she has presented to a variety of audiences (including previously at Autscape) and is looking forward to the challenge of making a seemingly 'dry' subject relevant and interesting to Autscape participants keen to 'find a voice'.