Autism Future Leaders share their stories

Australia's Autism Future Leaders. Photo courtesy of The Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC).

Autism Future Leaders recently participated in media training. Here they tell their stories.

The Autism Future Leaders are Trudy from Brisbane, Ruby from Melbourne, Penny from Melbourne, Nichole from Brisbane, Mel from Sydney, Mathew from Brisbane, Liam from Perth, Lee from Sydney, Karletta from Brisbane, Hayley from Sydney, Dylan from Adelaide and Ben from Hobart.

They discuss autism, what a Prime Minister might do to help things and practical advice for autistic people.

The Autism Future Leaders program began in 2013. Judy Brewer, the wife of the late Tim Fischer, former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, and mother of an autistic son, has been a driving force behind the Autism Future Leaders program and the Autism Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) which runs the program.

The program is Australia‚Äôs first holistic leadership capacity-building program for autistic adults. It is designed to empower autistic adults, who have leadership potential, to make a difference in their communities. It has been co-designed and delivered by autistic adults.

In 2019, six out of the seven project team members are themselves autistic.

The Autism Future Leaders have the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills through a series of training and development initiatives, including online training modules, residential workshops, a 50 hour voluntary placement with a community or corporate organisation, being mentored by autistic leaders or project team members and being part of a community of emerging and established autistic leaders who learn from, encourage and support each other.

Autism CRC Sylvia Rodger Academy and Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) have partnered to offer the program in 2019 and 2020.

If you would like to get in touch with an Autism Future Leader, please contact Dr Olivia Gatfield at The Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC) on 07-3377 0613 or 0411 094 346.

Media trainer Michael Smith.  Cameraman Peter Tyrus.

Dylan, Adelaide

Karletta, Brisbane

Liam, Perth

Mathew, Brisbane

Mel, Sydney

Nichole, Brisbane

Penny, Melbourne

Ruby, Melbourne

Trudy, Brisbane

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Michael Smith is a journalist and media adviser. He has worked extensively in the international humanitarian aid sector, emergency services, international law, autism and public affairs.

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