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					Wendy Lawson has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. However, Wendy has graduated,
over time, from being a child considered to be intellectually disabled and ‘almost
incapable of doing as she is told’ (as one school report stated) to a mum of four
children with two university degrees. Wendy is a Social Worker and Adult Educator
who now operates her own business. As well as running training programs for those
wanting to understand autism better, Wendy is a poet and a writer who possesses a
real passion for words. “It was when I came to understand that ‘words’ could explain
the world better that my love for them increased. With each and every word I have a
corresponding picture. As these pictures form links within the chain of life so my
experience becomes more ‘real’. I want to share my autistic understanding with
others. This may then help them to understand what being autistic is like and in doing
so a bridge can be formed, running from my world to theirs”. Once there was a time
when Wendy felt isolated and without hope. Living with a mis-diagnosis of
Schizophrenia for over twenty-five years, her sense of ‘self’ was non-existent. Now,
Wendy has found both herself and her space. A place of belonging, purpose and most
importantly, a place of hope. Hope for the future. Enjoy the journey!

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I have also enclosed part of a presentation from a Sydney talk, if there is anything
there you want to use, feel free.

I will send you the dates of my diary program of speaking engagements very soon, I
need to sign off for now and post this to you or you mightn’t get it in time!


ADVANCED INFORMATION SHEET ABOUT WENDY
LAWSON

For Wendy Lawson the world is indeed a strange place. It is noisy,
confusing and full of contradictions. And the people in it are distant
and make no sense: why do they laugh and cry? Why don't they
say what they mean? Wendy lived with feelings of disconnection,
anxiety and confusion for 40 years before she was correctly
diagnosed with autism, or more specifically Asperger's Syndrome.

Life Behind Glass is about the determination to come to terms with
the constraints of her condition and find a place of acceptance and
purpose. It is a remarkable and unique personal account of
growing up "different". Revealed are the extremes of human
nature: the creative power of love and acceptance; and the cruelty
of intolerance.

For carers of autistic children and health practitioners, the book's
honesty and directness provide not only clear insight into Wendy's
very unusual perceptions and behaviour, but also an
understanding of the contributions that autistic people can make to
society.

Despite the deficits in communications and social understanding
and obsessive tendencies that are part of her condition, Wendy
Lawson has successfully undertaken tertiary study and holds both
a Bachelor of Social Science degree and a Bachelor of Social
Work.

				
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