I am a diversity expert with a specialism in autism. I have worked in the field of autism and education for over 20 years. I am passionate about autistic children, young people (CYP) and adults being heard, achieving their goals and living their best lives. In summary, this had included:
Teaching Art, Religious Education and Design Technology in mainstream and special schools.
Being a specialist resource provision leader for autistic CYP and those with speech, language, and communication needs.
Managing a team of specialist staff (teachers and SEN practitioners) across a district and being the county lead for school-age autistic CYP.
Delivering continuing professional development to Communication and Interaction Specialist Teachers across Kent.
Leading a team of specialist staff (teachers and SEN practitioners) across the London borough of Newham to provide support and training to staff and parents.
Writing and presenting autism training for parents and educators.
Supporting a problem-solving social group for autistic young people.
Inviting parents of autistic CYP to autism acceptance events in the London borough of Newham.
Providing specialist input at Newham wide autism strategy meetings.
EdD (Doctor of Education), thesis about home education and autism
MA History of Art (dissertation comparing autism and neurodivergent accommodations at two major art galleries)
PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status
PG Certificate in Language and Communication