Jim Sinclair speaking at Autism Cymru seminars in Wales
Jim Sinclair is autistic, and has a MSc in rehabilitation counselling and post-graduate education in developmental and child psychology. Jim has worked professionally with autistic children, adolescents, and adults, and has provided training seminars for teachers and therapists of autistic people. Jim also has extensive experience in autistic self-advocacy, having pioneered the use of service dogs for autistic people in the late 1980s; co-founded Autism Network International in 1992 and been its coordinator since that time; and produced Autreat, the first annual gathering of its kind designed by and for autistic people, since 1996.
Jim's writings have been widely reprinted and translated into many languages. He is a popular and dynamic speaker at autism conferences within the US and internationally.
For further information about Jim, please visit - www.jimsinclair.org
Jim Sinclair is a very talented and erudite person with ASD. He has influenced many major changes in the way in which ASDs are viewed as a disability around the world and the most significant of these changes is empowering and enabling people on the spectrum to speak out for themselves. He plays a major role in Autism Network International, an international organisation based in USA, and through the connections and contacts of that dedicated body has been holding an annual event – AUTREAT- for people with ASDs and their families since 1996. This has encouraged people in the British Isles to set up a similar annual event AUTSCAPE.
Jim is a person who is very aware of his condition and also the multitude of manifestations of ASDs in others. He can talk knowledgeably and sagely about how ASDs are a part of his life and appreciate that his strengths are not necessarily shared by others with ASDs. He is a very caring and understanding human being who has made enormous inroads into helping himself and others with ASDs understand the neurotypical world and also how to make their voices heard via his talks, events, website and training opportunities. His messages will break new ground in the way we think about, and understand people with autistic spectrum disorders.
Lynn Plimley, Lecturer in ASDs, School of Education, University of Birmingham and Educational advisor to Autism Cymru.