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Scottish Autism Bloggers

Scottish Autism Bloggers


I'm Danny. I'm 14 and I have ASD. I have been playing games since I was 3 and this is my games review blog.

Sarah Dickinson

Sarah Dickinson is one of our supported individuals from Outreach West. Sarah loves to write reviews for where ever she goes! 

Diane McLean

I have worked as an Autism Practitioner for just over 10 years at Ridgepark House in Lanark. Ridgepark is a residential transition unit providing one-to-one support to young autistic adults to help maximise independence, social and living skills. I find working within this role extremely rewarding. I have also been actively involved in the Autism Practice Improvement Framework, APIF, within my service since its introduction 4 years ago. This has given me wonderful opportunities to present at conferences and knowledge share events and also has resulted in me becoming Scottish Autism’s Centre Coordinator for ASDANs ‘Preparing for Adulthood Programmes’. I have thoroughly enjoyed leading a fundraising initiative within my service over the last year and more recently have enjoyed volunteering at fundraising events organised by Scottish Autism.

Joseph Long

I am Researcher in Residence at Scottish Autism, where I am currently coordinating a programme of practitioner-led research. I have a strong focus on qualitative approaches, having trained in social anthropology at the universities of Cambridge and Aberdeen before taking up a fellowship at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. I also have a professional background in social care, having worked in direct support and junior management roles for a number of years in both learning disability and autism services. I am particularly interested in the way we recognise and apply autism knowledge among our staff teams, and on how we produce and utilise evidence in our practice.

Alan Somerville

I am the Chief Executive of Scottish Autism. Alongside my Senior Management Team, I set the strategic direction of the organisation. I joined in 2009 in an interim role before formally taking the post. I am a member of the Scottish Government’s External Reference Group developing and implementing the Scottish Strategy for Autism.

I am an experienced consultant and former commercial director with general management experience at a senior level in logistics, distribution and rail transport. I particularly enjoy using my analytical skills developed through extensive commercial and operational experience and applying this in the third sector.

Jasmine Miller

I joined New Struan School as Headteacher in August 2011. I have a background in Leadership, autism and other complex needs having worked in both mainstream and special educational needs settings. I have a MA in e-Inclusion, Learning Disability and Technology, National Professional Qualification for Headship – NPQH and Bachelor of Education with a Diploma Primary Teaching. In my current role I have overall responsibility of the running of the school and I oversee the continued development and quality of the School Improvement Plan. I work alongside the Head of Care and the leadership team of the organisation to deliver a shared vision that puts the young person at its core.

Charlene Tait

I am the Deputy CEO of Scottish Autism and I have worked in the field of autism for over twenty years. In that time I have been engaged in direct practice, lecturing and I was a Course Director in Postgraduate Autism Studies at the University of Strathclyde. I have also been involved in a number of national strategic initiatives. My time in autism began in 1990 with Scottish Autism (then Scottish Society for Autistic Children), and I returned to the organisation in 2011 to take up the post of Director of Development. My main areas of interest are in family support and enabling quality of life and quality lifestyles for people across the autism spectrum.

Jenni Roberts

I am a Service Manager of Scottish Autism’s One Stop Shop in Lanarkshire. I began work with children with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome in a play scheme whilst at university. Following graduation in 2004 I was employed within Renfrewshire Council to develop and coordinate ASD specific befriending and social group services for children and adults. I achieved a Post Graduate certificate in Autism in 2008. Shortly after this I began work within Scottish Autism where I managed an outreach service. I recently took post within the One Stop Shop and I am currently developing this new service.

Rachel Cromie

My name is Rachel Cromie, I am a full time Support Worker at New Ridgepark which is a transition service focussed on building independent living and social skills for young adults with autism. 

I studied Psychology at Strathclyde University and I have enjoyed applying my knowledge to my role within Scottish Autism. I am a keen runner and recently completed Tough Mudder Scotland.

Jill Ferguson

I am a Services Manager for Scottish Autism working in Central Area Services. I have worked for Scottish Autism for nine years, supporting adults with autism across a range of direct services. I managed a day service specialising in developing skills and creative expression in arts based activities, before taking up my current post as a services manager, overseeing a range of day, residential and home support services. I am also involved in Scottish Autism Knowledge Share events and have an interest in how we learn from the individuals on the autism spectrum we support and share knowledge based on those practice experiences. 

Jim Nicolson

Frances-Anne O'Carroll

I am the Corporate and Community Fundraiser for Scottish Autism focusing on partnerships, donor development and engagement with those who support our charity. After graduating from the University of Glasgow in History I began working in fundraising and developed a real passion for it, recently completing the Certificate in Fundraising with the Institute of Fundraising. I have been working at Scottish Autism since 2011 as member of the development team. We have wonderful supporters, who's inspirational fundraising efforts make a huge impact on the charitable projects which Scottish Autism offers.

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