Spreading the Light – Outreach Programme
Our Informative, Unique & Entertaining Autism Outreach Programme.
What Are My Talks About?
Since All Stars was founded in 2010, I’ve regularly given talks on autism and Asperger’s to a variety of groups, including the Rotary Club and St. John Ambulance, as well as support groups, schools, care providers and several County Council voluntary service providers too. I’m always happy to make new PowerPoint presentations for specific groups and have received some wonderfully complimentary feedback on them. I’ve spoken about things such as what autism really is and how to recognise it; what Autism All Stars does; providing first aid to people on the spectrum; looking at the positive side of living with autism; career choices for autistic people and much more besides.
What Do I Know About Autism?
I have a lifetime of experience of living with autism, not least because I have four children of my own on the spectrum, my eldest being in his twenties and my youngest still under ten. In my professional life I’ve worked as a psychotherapist specialising in the treatment of those with autism spectrum conditions for over fifteen years now, supporting their families and carers not only as someone who has read an enormous amount of books on the subject (and believe me, I have!) but also as someone who lives and deals with autism every day.
What Are My Talks Actually Like?
My talks are lively, vibrant and animated as you’d expect, and my enthusiasm and passion for my subject is very much in evidence. I use a highly visual PowerPoint presentation to accompany them, with clear, colourful images and illustrations throughout. My attitude towards the condition is practical, positive and above all compassionate, something which very much works both ways. I refuse to blame either parents or professionals for not understanding autism – no-one is born understanding it – so whether you know a little or a lot about the condition, or even if you know nothing at all, I’m sure you’ll find my talks both enlightening and entertaining. On average, my presentations last about an hour and a half and are followed by a question and answer session where I’ll do my best to answer anything I haven’t already covered.
How Can You Book Your Own Talk?
If you’d like me to come along and speak to your organisation, I’m always more than happy to. My speaker’s fees are as follows:
School, colleges and universities: £100 plus travel expenses
Local organisations and NGO’s: £200 plus travel expenses
Businesses and corporations: £500 plus travel expenses
10% of my fees are donated directly to the charity in all cases.
I have a laptop which I bring with me pre-loaded with my presentation. If you can provide a projector and screen that would be really helpful, but if not I can bring my own.
Contact me here and I’ll be in touch as soon as possible.
I very much look forward to meeting you and many, many thanks in advance for giving me the opportunity to spread the word about recognising, accepting and celebrating autism in all its forms.