Chris Mitchell was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in 1998, when he was 20 years old. Having completed an MA (Hons) in Information and Library Management, he currently works at Durham County Council. He is an active advocate for raising awareness of the positive aspects of AS, giving talks, seminars and workshops throughout the UK. He also offers mentoring and support services for school leavers and students entering higher education with AS. Chris has written an autobiography of his own experience of AS, entitled Glass Half-Empty, Glass Half-Full: How Asperger's Syndrome Has Changed My Life and practices meditation in his spare time.
Dr Wendy Lawson, a psychologist, qualified counsellor and social worker has operated her own private practice for many years. Wendy was awarded fourth place as â€˜Victorian Australian of the year' in 2008. Originally diagnosed as being intellectually disabled, then in her teens as being schizophrenic, and finally in 1994, Wendy was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. The mother of four children, Wendy has been married, separated and divorced, has experienced the death of one of her teenage sons, lost friends and status due to being openly gay, faced ill health and recently is coming to terms with the fact that she is aging! Wendy's youngest son is also on the autism spectrum.
Dean Worton has Asperger Syndrome, and runs a successful website that supports adults with AS in the UK. He hosts meetings for its members, and works as a technical officer in the public sector.
Genevieve Edmonds is an adult with Asperger Syndrome who is a consultant, trainer and writer in the field of autism. She is trained to postgraduate level in Autism. She consults and trains across the UK aiming to help society see Asperger Syndrome and Autism as differences not to be 'fixed' and changed but to be respected and supported. She has co-written three books on Asperger Syndrome: 'The Asperger Love Guide', 'The Asperger Social Guide' (Sage Publications) and 'A Self Determined Future with Asperger Syndrome' (Jessica Kingsley Publishers). Luke Beardon is Senior Lecturer in Autism at The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.