Diagnosed at the age of 40 with Aspergers Syndrome, Barb is a highly committed Autism/Asperger advocate, keen motorcyclist and web/graphics guru. Barb has made numerous appearances on Australian television and radio, in national newspapers and magazines, documentary on women with autism, Founder and Editor in Chief of Spectrum Women Magazine, Director of the Australian Autism Aspergers Network Inc. and Founder/Director of Bikers for Autism Australia. Read full bio here. www.spectrumwomen.com
Prof Tony Attwood – MSc PhD AFBPsS MAPS MCCP
Tony is a clinical psychologist and Senior Consultant at Minds & Hearts. He acquired his original qualifications in England, and achieved a PhD from the University of London. He has specialised in autism spectrum conditions, especially Asperger’s syndrome. Tony is an adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland. His book Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals has become one of the primary texts on Asperger’s Syndrome and has been translated into twenty languages.
His current clinical interests are developing diagnostic procedures and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for emotion management for children and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome. www.tonyattwood.com.au
Michelle is a clinical psychologist and founder and Director of ‘Minds & Hearts: A Clinic for Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism.’ The clinic was born through her passion for understanding autism spectrum conditions (ASC), and her strong desire to be part of positive change for people who have ASC and their families. Michelle thoroughly enjoys working in this area as a diagnostician, therapist, consultant, mentor, clinical supervisor, workshop presenter, student and researcher. She has specialized in autism spectrum conditions for the past 17 years, developing expertise in all subtypes of autism across all ages. Michelle created the first screening instrument for Asperger’s Syndrome, the Australian Scale for Asperger’s Syndrome (ASAS) in 1993. She obtained a PhD for her research into ASC, diagnosis and families in 2007 from the University of Queensland, Australia. She provides training in ASC for postgraduate clinical students for four Australian Universities. Michelle has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences and workshop events, including New Zealand, England, Wales, Norway, Portugal, and Slovenia. www.mindsandhearts.net