Sarah Hendrickx

Sarah HendrickxSarah is an independent specialist consultant, trainer and coach in Autism Spectrum Conditions. She is also autistic. She has delivered over 1000 autism training workshops to all types of professionals, from educators and care providers to counsellors and lawyers and speaks at conferences worldwide. She has a particular interest in girls and women on the autism spectrum, sex and relationships, employment, and the impact of anxiety on autistic people. Her YouTube recording on autism and anxiety has received over 38,000 views.

Sarah is autistic with a late diagnosis of Asperger syndrome in her forties. She has a lifetime of personal experience of anxiety, its mental and physical impact and how to live with it. Sarah works with children, young people, adults and families to support autistic people to live well within a world that doesn’t make any sense.

Sarah has an MA in Autism and is a member of The National Autistic Society Accreditation Standards Panel, The National Autistic Society Professional Conference Editorial Board and Specialist Post 16 Adviser to the Autism Education Trust (AET). She has lectured for the PGC in Asperger syndrome course for Sheffield Hallam University. She currently works with UK Government supporting autistic civil service employees and also with schools and colleges to support autistic children and young people.

Sarah has written six books on Asperger syndrome and related conditions on employment, sex and relationships, alcoholism, girls and women on the autism spectrum and also on the adult neuro-diversity spectrum. She was featured in a BBC Horizon documentary on autism and in a number of national magazines.

Sarah’s partner, son and various other members of her family also have Autism Spectrum diagnoses.

Sebastian Gaigg

Dr Gaigg joined the Autism Research Group at City, University of London in 2001 and has since then pursued two primary research interests.

One strand of his work focuses on understanding learning and memory processes across the autism spectrum, with projects ranging from the examination of episodic memory in autistic adults who live relatively independent lives, to studies of basic learning processes in young autistic children who have very significant language and intellectual impairments.

His second strand of work seeks to develop a better understanding of the emotional lives of individuals with autism, particularly concerning the mechanisms underlying the unusually high prevalence of anxiety disorders in this population, and their implications for the development of effective treatments.

Ella Tabb

Ella Tabb is a blogger, YouTuber and autism speaker. Having struggled with a lifetime of mental health issues Ella was diagnosed with autism in 2015 after her son's diagnosis helped her to recognise her own autism. Since then her daughter has also been diagnosed with autism so she belongs to a very autistic family. Ella has been writing, talking about and researching autism ever since. She runs a successful blog and YouTube channel under the title Purple Ella where she talks about autism, including her own experiences and coping strategies. Ella's life has improved immeasurably since being diagnosed and understanding her difficulties and reducing her triggers. She is passionate about the benefits of diagnosis and appropriate support for autistic people. 

Jacqui Shepherd

Jacqui is a lecturer in education and contributes to teaching and research on inclusive education, special educational needs and disability and autism at the University of Sussex. She supports trainee teachers (across primary and secondary schools) to work with children with autism and other special educational needs and how to develop inclusive environments that work for all pupils. She also supervises postgraduate and doctoral students with interests in autism, inclusion and special educational needs. Her research has explored transitions for autistic pupils, in particular the transition from special schools to mainstream colleges at the age of 16 and strategies for improving that experience.  She has also recently completed a project on dental anxiety and autism and is working to develop inclusive education training for trainee teachers in Uganda. Jacqui also has an autistic son.

Jude Regan

Jude qualified as a teacher in 1970, and has worked for almost all of her career with autistic children and young people.  She has been headteacher of 4 schools that specialised in autism, and was an inspector for a brief period.  Her final headship was at Queensmill School in Hammersmith and Fulham, from which she retired in 2015.  Since that time she has created a Company, Jude Ragan Autism Ltd., working largely for London boroughs on development of their autism provision and offers training on best practice autism provision in schools.  She has taken on autism-related work in Albania, St. Helena, Iraq and Qatar.  She is just ending her 6-year term as Trustee with the charity Autistica. She is an Honorary Fellow of UCL London Institute of Education, having worked with CRAE (Centre for Research into Autism Education) for some time.  She was awarded an OBE for services to autism. 

Sheila Cross

Sheila Cross is a Certified Researcher and has almost twenty years’ experience in the field of research of which eight years has been spent in autism.  Sheila is employed as Research Projects Manager at Middletown Centre for Autism. She holds a Post Graduate Certificate and Diploma in autism and is currently completing her Masters degree (MEd) in Autism at the University of Strathclyde. Her research interests include supporting young people with autism, in education, who experience mental health issues such as anxiety.  She is also particularly interested in the areas of inclusive education and the diagnosis and experiences of girls with autism.

Adam Barrett and Anthony Curren


Anthony & Adam founded Access Social in 2015 to address a gap they discovered in the accessibility market. They found the disability access market was lacking visually information for visitors with sensory issues and Autism. They set about developing a solution. Two years later iRoam was born. An interactive video platform that enables them to build virtual video tours of any venue. The use of video is very important as it allows visitors to hear the acoustics of a building, giving a truly immersive experience. By allowing visitors to see inside and explore venues online before travelling they hope iRoam will alleviate some of the anxiety related to new, or busy situation.