David Crisp (he/him)
Autistic, NAS- Trained International Speaker, Trainer, Autism Needs Assessor, Writer, Mental Health Advocate, UK
David is an autistic adult with 13 years’ experience of working in health and social care; and a lifetime of caring for family members. He is married with two adult children, both of whom have autistic spectrum disorders.
He is an international speaker, trainer, advocate and published writer (with articles in Social Care Today, Autism Eye, and others). He is also an approved trainer with Neurodiversity Training International and co-deliverer of The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training to health and social care processionals with the National Autistic Society, UK. He is currently spearheading a campaign on behalf of parents of autistic children who have been subjected to institutionalised parent carer blame, when seeking support from local authorities.
For information about this campaign , please see Linkedin profile:(1) David Crisp | LinkedIn
Annabel Baldwin (she/her)
Student at SOAS University of London and King's College London, UK
Annabel is a young autistic student at SOAS and KCL in London, UK. She is interested in natural hazards, global languages and cultures, geopolitics, and neurodiverse advocacy.
She aims to improve understanding and acceptance around autism in order to help the next generation of autistic children to be able to live happy and fulfilling lives. Currently, she intends to do this by speaking openly and collaborating with researchers to ensure future research is in the best interests of autistic people.
Professor Dermot Bowler (he/him)
Professor of Psychology, City University of London, UK
Dermot Bowler is a Professor of Psychology in the Autism Research Group at City, University of London. He first started working with autistic people in 1986 when he was a post-doctoral with Dr Lorna Wing at the MRC Social Psychiatry Unit. Since then, he has developed an active research programme into the cognitive underpinnings of autism and has made several discoveries that can help autistic people lead better and more fulfilling lives. He and his team have identified a particular pattern of memory processing that helps educators better structure their provision for autistic children and adults. He is currently working on evaluating an evidence-based, parent-led intervention for autist children. He is also involved in work investigating how cognitive and mental health difficulties affect autistic adults as they move into old age. Learn more about his work here.