We are delighted to announce that television presenter, author and naturalist Chris Packham is our new ambassador.

Chris Packham.Chris, who presents the BAFTA award-winning series Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch for the BBC, received a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome in 2005, when he was in his 40s. His new documentary about his life, Asperger’s And Me, is broadcast on BBC Two, at 9pm, on 17 October.

It was not until the release of his bestselling autobiography Fingers in the Sparkle Jar that Chris started talking publicly about his autism. The book, which was released last year, explores his childhood passion for wildlife but also documents his teenage struggles to make sense of the social world in and out of the classroom and the feeling of acute isolation that this brought.

Mark Lever, Chief Executive, said: “Chris has been a huge supporter of our work and we are delighted that he has agreed to become our ambassador.

“Chris is a passionate advocate for autistic people and is especially committed to campaigning to improve job opportunities for the 700,000 individuals on the autism spectrum in the UK.

“We know that only 16% of autistic people are in full-time paid employment and Chris shares our charity’s commitment to making sure that talents are not wasted because of a lack of autism understanding in the recruitment process and in the workplace.

“Chris is a household name and one of the most high-profile autistic people working in the media today, and because he talks so openly and honestly about his autism, we know that he will be an inspiration to others.”

Chris, said: "I’m very pleased to be an ambassador for The National Autistic Society to help increase understanding of autism. Without honest discussion no positive progress will be made and people will continue to face unnecessary challenges. But thankfully, these are progressive times and there is more engagement than ever, much of that thanks to the charity.

“My ambition is to work with The National Autistic Society to give hope to often isolated and depressed young people who deserve to live fulfilled lives in a world that understands and appreciates their unique way of seeing things.”

Chris' documentary, Asperger's And Me, is broadcast on BBC Two, at 9pm, on 17 October.