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Autism from the inside

Francesca Martinez – WOW, Disability Rights, Disability Advocate, Speaker, Actress & Comedian

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Francesca MartinezOVERVIEW

Francesca Martinez is an inspiring person with a wicked sense of humour and a positive outlook on life she has Cerebral Palsy and is an actress (started on UK’s “Grange Hill in 1994) and a comedian performing at many venues around world winning awards and critical acclaim for her work .

HELPING OTHERS IN SOCIETY 🙂

What she is also doing which is equally amazing has set up War ON Welfare (with other lovely folks) which is questioning and and giving a voice to our most vulnerable in society, their rights, their needs and the over all need for equality and to be listened to and be treated as human beings. And one of the messages is to be listened to. (which is a human need).

She is one for common sense – Thank you Francesa for helping others. 🙂

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WOW BLOG

WOW WEBSITE

FRANCESCA MARTINEZ’S WEBSITE

Paul Isaacs Adult with Autism 2014

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Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at staypuft12@yahoo.co.uk

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