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James Billett – Visual Stress Consultant – Helping Others Perceive The World

ABOUT JAMES BILLETT

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James Billett 

James was a Special Needs Co-ordinator in a  secondary school for more than 20 years.

James first trained with the Irlen Institute in 1990.

“When I made a career move from teaching A-level sociology to being responsible for special needs provision, which included what was then known as the remedial department, it became obvious that many children were confined to lower sets or failing to reach their potential through reading skill deficiencies.  Using multi-sensory reading schemes we found coloured overlays had  an immediate and  positive effect. Once the symptoms of Irlen Syndrome were eliminated students  were able to learn to read using the phonics method.”

James became an visual stress diagnostician in 1995. James left teaching to work privately in 2002.

Irlen Central England works with families, colleges, universities and government agencies across Britain and Europe. James travels extensively across Europe working with clients on the autistic spectrum.

In his spare time James enjoys spending time with his family and  grandchildren. He is a keen gardener and plays the piano.

BA (Hons) (University of Leicester)

BA (Hons) Cert Ed. (University of Birmingham)

Diploma in the Psychology and Education of Children with Special Needs (University of London)

James also holds an advanced qualification from the Irlen Institute for working within the autistic spectrum.

OVERVIEW

James Billett I first met in the summer of 2012 for an appointment to fit my tinted lenses to help me with learning difficulties and sensory perceptual disorders  that I have within my Autism “Fruit Salad”.

What I like about James is that he is very person centred and takes into account these important aspects

  • Communication Profile
  • Sensory Profile
  • Sensory Difficulties/Learning Difficulties
  • Information Processing

I feel this opens the doors for integration, empowerment and trust within the appointment and also honesty and connectivity to explore your issues and what best works for you. I believe that James has a lot to give through this very positive ethos.

Life Through A Kaleidoscope

Life Through A Kaleidoscope

LIFE THROUGH A KALEIDOSCOPE  JAMES BILLETT – CO-AUTHOR

James is also the co-author of Life Through A Kaleidoscope his knowledge, ethos, humanity, calmness and empowerment bring a critical bonding and the “glue” between personal and professional points of view within the book, I could not of written this book without his knowledge this book is also inspired by the works of Donna Williams who has written extensively about Autism and sensory perceptual disorders.

CONCLUSION

James has brought light into the lives of people who were deemed not worthy (me included) of integration within the world of education, work and the community by building bridges of understanding this will help others understand others and so forth

Thanks James for what you do and the positivity you bring. 🙂

Paul Isaacs  2014


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Somebody Somewhere By Donna Williams – Finding Yourself To Help Others

OVERVIEW

Someboy Somewhere Book Cover

Copyright Donna Williams

Donna Williams’ Second book in her autobiographical saga “Somebody Somewhere”  is yet another inspiring read about the a person finding out about themselves and using this knowledge to empower and give to others.

BUILDING BRIDGES

As the title suggests it is the self realisation of validity, equality, beingness and in turn giving others the empowerment and help to find themselves in their own unique journey.

A highly reflective and inspiring read. 🙂

 

Paul Isaacs Autism 2014

SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE BOOK

DONNA’S WEBSITE

DONNA’S BLOG

 

 


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Autism & Mythbusting – Challenging the Stereotypes  

OVERVIEW

So the post below about why I have Autism and a Learning Disability – What is that all about?  Mythbusting, demystifying and unrevealing the tired old stereotypes that still persist in the Autism world, were negative sometimes even militant memes exist and the “one voice for all” is hailed as king, no one can speak for everyone that is impossible but we can all help each other

DIVERSITY WITHIN THE SPECTRUM – INCLUSION FOR ALL

The spectrum is so vast you have people who speak with their mouth and do or don’t have a Learning Disability you have people who speak and communicate in other ways that do or do not have Learning Disability. 

POSITIVE VOICES ON THE SPECTRUM

I thank people like

Donna Williams

Donna Williams Copyright D.Williams and C. Samuel

Donna Williams Copyright D.Williams and C. Samuel

 

DONNA WILLIAMS’ WEBSITE

DONNA WILLIAMS’ BLOG

DONNA’S BOOKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney Edmond

Copyright Sydney & Lisa Edmond

Sydney Edmond Copyright Sydney & Lisa Edmond

 

SYDNEY EDMOND’S WEBSITE

SYDNEY EDMOND’S BOOK

SYDNEY & LISA EDMOND VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Jennifer O’Toole

Jennifer O'Toole Copyright Asperkids

Jennifer O’Toole Copyright Asperkids

 

ASPERKIDS WEBSITE

JENNIFER’S BOOKS

ASPERKIDS’S BLOG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rudy Simone

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 RUDY SIMONE’S WEBSITE

RUDY’S BOOKS

RUDY’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL

 

 

 

 

 

 Carly Fleischmann

Carly

Carly Fleischmann Copyright Carly & Arthur Fleischmann

 

CARLY FLEISCHMANN’S  WEBSITE

CARLY FLEISCHMANN’S  BOOK

CARLY’S VOICE TWITTER

 

 

 

 

Peyton Goddard 

Peyton Goddard

Peyton Goddard Copyright Peyton & Dianne Goddard

PEYTON GODDARD’S WEBSITE 

PEYTON GODDARD’S BOOK

PEYTON GODDARD’S BLOG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMPOWERMENT

They all have very empowering messages for people with Autism and balance this out with seeing themselves as people with personalities and valued personhoods that they want to seen for but also want others to understand the diversity of Autism and it’s profiles – giving this back in balance is so needed – I am a person with Autism is far more liberating than saying Autistic Person. 

 

Paul Isaacs  2014 


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Nobody Nowhere By Donna Williams – An Inspiring Read

Copyright Donna Williams

Copyright Donna Williams

OVERVIEW

Donna Williams’ first autobiography “Nobody Nowhere” is the first book that I could relate to from a profile perspective although Donna and I have different profiles in broader totality. I like that Donna has advocated for people who have complex autoimmune  issues which can be apart of peoples Autism “Fruit Salad”. 🙂

What could relate to Profile wise 

  • Prosopagnosia
  • Simultagnosia
  • Visual-Verbal Agnosia
  • Auditory Verbal Agnosia/Aphasia
  • Exposure Anxiety
  • Non-Visual Thinker
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Learning Disability

 

FINDING YOURSELF & PERSONHOOD

Donna is fighter and you can tell this by reading her book – her difficulties in her home life, childhood, teenager years and early adulthood and her wanting to be seen as a person not to be exploited or used. Her journey is nothing short of amazing and her humanness, empathy and passion shines through in this amazing book.

Amazing 🙂

NOBODY NOWHERE BOOK

DONNA’S WEBSITE

DONNA’S BLOG

Paul Isaacs 2014


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Giving Something Back & Helping Others on the Autism Spectrum – Donna Williams & Jennifer O’Toole

Donna Williams Copyright D.Williams and C. Samuel

Donna Williams Copyright D.Williams and C. Samuel

DONNA WILLIAMS

I like Donna’s balanced, equality/humanitarian and holistic qualities that she brings to mix when talking, presenting and writing about Autism and how it is a Fruit Salad (D.Williams 1995/2005) in her many books she challenges tired stereotypes and brings inclusion for all on the spectrum which I agree with such as people who have a learning disability, people who are “seemingly” non-verbal and/or have both on the Autism spectrum. Breaking down the different “pieces” which makes a person’s unique profile and also letting everybody know that personhood is important for the person with autism themselves and others around them – and that everybody should have right to be heard and included in society. 🙂

Thanks Donna 😉

DONNA’S WEBSITE

DONNA’S BLOG

DONNA’S BOOKS

 

Me and Jennifer 2013

Me and Jennifer 2013

JENNIFER O’TOOLE

I like Jennifer’s positive attitude and with that gives practical and educational advice  to people on the autism spectrum – breaking down the old assumptions that people on the spectrum can’t learn through her presentations, books and videos she advocates for young folk on the spectrum giving not only them hope but also the parents, carers and guardians as well. This in turn is giving people a fair chance to live their life to full and has equal opportunities. She also also is very passionate about females on the spectrum and continues to advocate, educate and present to make not only people aware but the realities also. Jennifer is for inclusion for all in society. 🙂

Thanks Jennifer 😉

ASPERKIDS WEBSITE

ASPERKIDS BLOG

ASPERKIDS BOOKS

 

CONCLUSION

I like them both for their contributions to Autism and what that means for others and the wider world, I’m inspired by their selflessness, empowerment, positivity, encouragement and myth busting. I like that they have in turn empowered others on the spectrum to follow their own path (what ever that may be)! They have helped educational services, parents, people on the spectrum and more through their kindness and generosity. What amazing ladies they both are.

 

Paul Isaacs 2014

 


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Carly Fleischmann – Advocate, Speaker & Author On The Autism Spectrum

CarlyMy name is Carly Fleischmann and as long as I can remember I’ve been diagnosed with autism.

I am not able to talk out of my mouth, however I have found another way to communicate by spelling on my computer. (and yes that is me typing on the computer by myself)

I used to think I was the only kid with autism who communicates by spelling but last year I met a group of kids that communicate the same way. In fact some are even faster at typing then I am.

Last year a story about my life was shown on ABC news, CNN and CTV here in Canada.

After my story was played I kept on getting lots of emails from moms, dads, kids and people from different countries asking me all sorts of questions about autism. I think people get a lot of their information from so-called experts but I think what happens is that experts can’t give an explanation to certain questions. How can you explain something you have not lived or if you don’t know what it’s like to have it? If a horse is sick, you don’t ask a fish what’s wrong with the horse. You go right to the horse’s mouth.

What an amazing story in this short introduction at Carly’s website you get a sense of what positive things she wants give to others on the autism spectrum, hope, empowerment, understanding, questioning things that should be questioned and ultimately to never assume with someone on the autism spectrum and always see the person. She written a book with her Father “Carly’s Voice” which shows us all the power of all forms of communication. 🙂 Amazing. 🙂

CARLY’S WEBSITE

CARLY’S BOOK

CARLY RECOMMENDS

Carly’s Defining Moment – Video

Paul Isaacs 2014


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Peyton Goddard – Advocate, Speaker & Author On The Autism Spectrum

Peyton GoddardOVERVIEW

“Understaters utter I’m no one. I’m broken, moldy bread, throwaway trash, great leper. Now I know I’m a voice of never-heard voices. Nothings need to be heard.” – Peyton Goddard

What  amazing and emotive words from Peyton Goddard who have overcame the odds and assumptions put on her, I admire her positivity and drive for empowering others on the autism spectrum and seeing them as worthy capable people  – she uses Facilitated Communication to communicate and has written a book entitled – “i am intelligent” what an amazing person who is breaking the walls of stereotyping on the autism spectrum. 🙂

What an amazing lady. 🙂

PEYTON’S WEBSITE

PEYTON’S BOOK 

PEYTON’S WRITINGS

PEYTON’S BLOG

Peyton and Darlene Typing FC

Paul Isaacs 2014