I’m a parent of 2 teens, and our youngest was diagnosed aged 13 having flown under the radar throughout school. My involvement with AGN began at the group’s inception back at the start of 2018. I’m astonished that so many autistic girls are missed or misdiagnosed, and angry at the devastation which occurs when a lack of understanding of autistic of presentation goes unchallenged. I’ve also realised that my own neurology is likely to include ADHD – I may pursue a diagnosis at some point. In real life, I work in data/systems at a University.
I am a 20-year-old autistic woman. I was diagnosed when I was 16 after years of struggling with my mental health, and as a result, am very passionate about fighting for awareness, inclusion and acceptance for all autistic people. I am a blogger, a Governor for my local NHS mental health and learning disability Trust, and a CAMHS co-production facilitator, working to improve local services. In my spare time, I enjoy horse-riding and spending time with my family and friends.
I'm Clare McDonald, web designer and mother of a teenage autistic girl. Having seen my daughter's experience of two different secondary schools I am certain that it is possible to make school a safe and comfortable environment for all, giving all students the same opportunities while supporting a wide range of different needs and abilities.
My name is Jim McDonald and I feel privileged to work with the Autistic Girls Network. I am a Head of School at Key Stage 2 so I have experienced the way that girls struggle in mainstream education. I live and work in South London and am a father of two teenagers.
I'm Warda a Social Entrepreneur, Speech and Language Therapist and author. I set up my company Language Waves to address the barriers that “minority” families face when accessing SLT services. My approach subverts from the traditional medical model of Speech & Language Therapy by centering language as a multimodal emancipatory tool that resists standard language ideologies imposed on minorities. Whilst wearing many hats ultimately my work aim’s to centre Black Joy.