Carol has worked with autistic people and their families for over 35 years, in both voluntary and local authority sectors.
Carol joined The National Autistic Society in 2001, and in 2010, she was appointed as the Director of the Centre for Autism. The aim of the centre is to promote innovation, excellence and understanding across the autism sector and to provide a hub for greater collaboration both UK wide and internationally. Carol is responsible for the NAS’s diagnostic services, research, training and quality.
Carol is the chair of the editorial board of the NAS’s professional conference. She has contributed to a number of publications, and has trained and presented at conferences nationally and internationally. Carol is the UK representative of Autism Europe and is on the editorial board of Autism :The International Journal of Autism Practice.
80% of the general public say they understand what autism is, yet people still wait too long for diagnosis, feel unwelcome in their community and experience high rates of unemployment and mental health problems. On the 10th anniversary of the Autism Act, this seminar will explore the changes which have happened over these 10 years, and what still needs to be done.