Choice and Control

Barb Cook

Choice and Control
Barb Cook

In this episode we meet Barb Cook, a regional Queensland-based writer, academic, developmental educator and autism advocate.

Barb has autism, ADHD and dyslexia, but like many of her generation wasn't diagnosed until well into adulthood.  She says the diagnosis was a relief, and a chance for a whole new start.  Barb's since achieved her Master of Autism (Education) at the University of Wollongong, focussing on the critically important issues of education and employment for the neurodiverse community.

Barb is now a prolific author and speaker, and has built Autistic-led initiatives such as Spectrum Women Magazine and Bikers for Autism Australia.  She's a Community Council Member of Autistic Adults and other Stakeholders Engaged Together, which provides advice and input into health research affecting people on the spectrum, and an independent lived experience peer reviewer of the Autism in Adulthood academic journal.

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  • Spectrum Women Magazine:
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  • Autistic Adults and other Stakeholders Engaged Together:
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