NICK CHOWN, AUTISM SPECIALIST & ACCREDITED INDEXER
A report on the first phase of a project to evaluate support for students with autism undertaken with my research partners is available in the Journal of Further and Higher Education. This article reports on support for autistic students at university across the UK. Our report on support for autistic college students in England has been published in Good Autism Practice. The INDEPENDENT AUTISM RESEARCH GROUP team is now in the early stages of an investigation of support for autistic pupils in English secondary schools.
An article co-written with colleagues from De Montfort University (Leicester), Sheffield Hallam University, and the University of Tasmania, plus various independent scholars, and which presents a draft framework for emancipatory autism research, has just been published online. It is entitled 'Improving research about us, with us: a draft framework for inclusive autism research'.
Details of my book 'Understanding and Evaluating Autism Theory', published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in October last year, are at the following link.
Nick Chown, PhD, MA Autism, PG Cert Asperger Syndrome is an independent autism advocate, mentor, researcher, and trainer (as well as being a professional indexer specialising in back-of-the-book indexes for academic titles). He has undertaken research on barriers to learning for students with autism in further education, autism awareness in the UK police service, viva protocols for doctoral students with autism, and diagnostic pathways for autistic adults. His doctoral thesis focused on language methods and the applicability of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein’s language game concept in autism. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and a reviewer for various journals. In addition to leading the Higher Achievers project, which has just completed a study of support for students with autism in higher education, and is now investigating support provided by colleges of further education, Nick has been engaged with a university project mentoring autistic adults, and is working with two colleagues on a project to understand the difficulties autistic police officers have with the UK police service promotion/examination board process. His textbook on autism theory was published in October 2016. He is currently working with colleagues on two entries for an encyclopaedia on autism: one concerning first responders (police, ambulance service etc.) and a second covering autism theory, as well as a proposal for a book on neurodiversity.
Prior to working in autism Nick had a lengthy career in corporate risk management. He line managed an individual with Asperger's syndrome while Director of Risk Management for the Metropolitan Police as a result of which he now has an abiding interest in autism.