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.
Since April 2016 the National Autistic Society has been delivering their Too Much Information campaign to transform public
understanding of autism. The campaign started when their research showed that whilst almost everyone has heard of autism,
only 16% of autistic people and their families think the public has a meaningful understanding of it. This lack of understanding has
a daily, tangible impact on autistic people’s lives, leaving many socially isolated and shut out of public places.
Too Much Information has used a variety of innovative methods, including online viral films and virtual reality experiences, to not
only educate the public and change their attitudes towards autism but also to achieve practical changes to the way Government,
businesses and services operate and support autistic people and their families.
In this talk Carol Povey will outline how the National Autistic Society have achieved a shift in attitudes and what challenges still