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Nita Jackson – Advocate, Speaker & Author On The Autism Spectrum

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Nita 1 August  2012OVERVIEW

I had the privilege of meeting Nita at at National Autistic Society Conference in 2011 which was about Autism and Diagnosis, herself and her Mum Carolann talked about communication, sensory difficulties on the spectrum along with autism and employment. Nita was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in her teens, she is a very humourous and outgoing person and her passions along with autism is art, music, singing, languages and writing. She has been presenting speeches in the UK for over 10 years on the subject of autism (and other co-conditions and topics)

Nita  is also very passionate about Autism and employment and that accessibility is crucial for inclusion and equality and continues to do so through the medium of speeches and books. She has written an autobiography “Standing Down, Falling Up”  which is very provocative and empowering read, her chapter on echolalia and language was included in Tony Attwood’s “The Complete Guide To Asperger’s Syndrome”  and recently she was in the book entitled “AutiPower!” which is about living and employment on the Autism Spectrum.

She is paving the way for others on the spectrum. 🙂

NITA’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY

AUTIPOWER!

NITA’S WEBSITE

FRIENDSHIP

SAFE SUPPORTING ASPERGER FAMILIES IN ESSEX WEBSITE

Nita Presenting a Speech About Life with AS

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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