Special Educational Needs
TTT 017 : Understanding Dyspraxia and how to better support dyspraxic individuals with Maxine Frances Roper
03 December 2015
Maxine Frances Roper is a freelance writer and speaker. She writes for a variety of publications on health, education and the arts, and trains businesses and organisations in how to identify and support people with dyspraxia. She has presented to companies from a range of sectors including Sainsburys, IdeasTap, St Mungos, Deloitte, the National Audit Office, the Open University and the Business Disability Forum. She has a keen interest in mental health and its links with dyspraxia and related conditions. As well as journalism and copywriting, she writes fiction and memoir: her first screenplay was longlisted for the BBC Script Room in 2013. Maxine has a degree in social sciences from Durham University and a Postgraduate Diploma in journalism from Cardiff University. She is a trustee of The Dyspraxia Foundation.
TTT 012 : Understanding Autism and Asperger Syndrome with Dr Wenn Lawson
07 September 2015
Dr Wenn Lawson (formerly Wendy Lawson) is an autistic adult who is internationally known and respected for his work in the field of Autism. He is a researcher, psychologist, writer and poet and has written numerous books and articles on the developmental disorder. He has also presented at conferences and led workshops on Autism and Aspergers Syndrome around the world.
At school Wenn was considered to be intellectually disabled and initially diagnosed as ‘schizophrenic’. It was not until 1994, as an adult, that Wenn was correctly diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum.
In 2008 Wenn was awarded fourth place as ‘Victorian Australian of the year’. Sharing knowledge, understanding and experience of life encounters, including Autism and Asperger’s diff-abilities (a more positive word that focuses on different abilities), is an ongoing journey that Wenn welcomes. He is committed to creating a world where individuals on the spectrum can thrive in safety and in peace.
Dr Wenn is also the parent of four children, one of whom is now an adult on the spectrum, and grandparent to two little girls, the elder also on the spectrum.
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