Meet the team.
THE FOUNDING MEMBERS
I am an independent autism practitioner who has been working in Cumbria with families and individuals on the spectrum since 2011. Prior to this I completed a degree in Psychology and a post graduate certificate in ASC.
My previous work included working at a day service in London for adults with autism and as a transition coordinator for Hertfordshire County Council.
As well as my one-to-one work with individuals on the autistic spectrum, I work alongside schools and deliver autism training covering many areas including Intensive Interaction, sensory difficulties and understanding behaviour.
I am married to Andrew and have two great son’s. My eldest has high functioning autism, sensory processing disorder and Irlen Syndrome. Since he was diagnosed at the age of 4 years, I have spent years trying to gain more knowledge by attending conference’s and courses locally and around the country. I have gained a qualification from Birmingham University in working with people with ASC and have had experience of developing youth groups in the past.
I enjoy working as part of a team and work in the group’s we run, helping to develop the different activities we currently have on offer and gain great satisfaction in seeing the young people develop.
I feel very passionate about the work we do and believe there is a strong need for the unique service we offer with people who truly understand the needs of Autistic individuals.
As a parent of a child with an Autism Spectrum Condition I realized early on that I was going to have to take the lead in figuring out what was going on and organizing appropriate help.
Since then I have read countless books, gone to conferences, talked to professionals and helped to organize activities and events that have made a positive difference in our lives.
I believe that parents and professionals need to work together to help children with autism develop and reach their full potential.
I became involved in setting up Autus because I think Autus can make a positive contribution to the lives of autistic young people in a friendly, approachable and professional manner.
Pauline Graham is married and the proud mum of three amazing daughters in their 20’s. Eleanor is primary school teacher at a local school, Charlotte is a Physiotherapist and currently undertaking a masters degree in Nutrition at Sheffield university.
Mary-Beth has Kabuki Syndrome with some physical disabilities, profound learning and communication difficulties and associated atypical autism.
She brings her experiences as a working mum of three children raising a young person with autism and associated disabilities and has a passion for raising the profile of all young adults with autism.
My name is Stephen Evans, I am the team’s fundraiser. I have a young son with Autism and I am very passionate to learn about all aspects of the condition and to spread awareness.