Rakshita Shekhar

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Rakshita Shekhar

Rakshita Shekhar is an inclusion consultant for disability rights organisations and schools. She has a masters in intellectual and developmental disabilities from the University of Kent, UK and has presented papers at acclaimed national and international conferences. She has extensive experience as a general education teacher and a special educator. She is also a member of two international advocacy organisations: neuroclastic.inc and universal design for learning: special interest group.

She is passionate about pedagogy, autism and inclusion. Her approach is centered around developing good mental health in disabled children. She herself is on the autism spectrum. She advocates for autistic children and adults through her poetry, essays, talks, and training programs. She hopes to teach the society that they can and must rely on disabled people to solve the world’s biggest problems. She dreams of a world where all live and let live.

Kate Jones

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Kate Jones

Kate didn’t realise she was autistic until she was in her 30’s. Following the diagnosis of her children and reflecting on her closest friendships, she had the slow realisation that “all the people I love best are autistic” and so she started to wonder if there might be a reason for this pattern. There was.

Kate is a therapist and clinical supervisor who has spent the last 15 years working for mental health charities with young people in crisis. She trains counsellors to develop their awareness and competency to advocate for the rights of neurodiverse children, and those who exist on the intersections of more than one marginalised population. In private practice she is passionate about her work with autistic clients who have experience of trauma, and supports them to heal while developing positive self-identity.

She has a side hustle as an illustrator, drinks a lot of tea, and loses her pencil at least once a day.

Sarah Selvaggi Hernandez

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Sarah Selvaggi Hernandez

Sarah Selvaggi Hernandez is an autistic author, educator, occupational therapist, and international speaker. She was also the first openly autistic person elected to serve in a government position in the United States. Sarah is passionate about occupational science, sensory processing, and autistic identity. Her vision remains centered on the creation of identity-affirming autistic contexts to support neurodivergent development. Sarah also runs the popular social media site The Autistic OT.

Emily lees

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Emily lees

Emily Lees is an autistic Speech and Language Therapist working in the UK. Emily supports autistic children and teenagers in a specialist school. Emily strives for autism acceptance and pro-neurodiversity in her workplace. She understands the struggle of living in a neurotypical world and doesn’t support social skills training that encourages autistic people to ‘look less autistic’. She encourages stimming, echolalia and special interests. Her practice is informed by her own lived experience of being autistic, contemporary research, and respectful approaches