Barb Cook

Autistic Advocate, International Speaker, Best-selling Author

Nelle Frances

International speaker, Author and Educator

Barb & Nelle

Working together to advocate, support and educate...

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Barb and Nelle’s Autism Workshop Series are information packed, giving well rounded perspectives from the autistic, the parent, the educator and the advocate… learn more here.

Barb speaking at the University of Wollongong on Understanding Gender Differences in Employment for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Barb, an adult on the autism spectrum, is editor-in-chief of Spectrum Women Magazine, an online publication for, and by, autistic women that currently provides a wealth of information to nearly one million unique readers each year. Barb is also editor and co-author of the upcoming new book, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism, which is being cited as a historically important book for autistic women.

Barb is currently tackling the academic arena by pursuing a Master of Autism at the University of Wollongong in Australia, to enable her to gain a further reach in supporting others as well as embarking into the field of future research, specifically that of aging and late life diagnosis.

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Nelle speaking for Autism Awareness Day 2018

Nelle is the mum to an adult son diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and daughter of an AS Dad. She worked as a Special Needs educator for many years until her son’s needs increased when he was 10.

While choosing to focus on his support she still needed an income, so with naive enthusiasm and determination she decided to write some children’s books. The old adage ‘write what you know’ came into play and so the Ben and His Helmet book series was created.

During that time Nelle was also a member of 5 different Autism support groups, mostly face-to-face forums, where she learned the value of having positive support from those willing to look outside the square to find solutions.

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Together Barb and Nelle have got all your Autism needs covered… whether you’re an educator, health professional, employment or community support worker, family member or an autistic individual, we can provide advice, advocacy, solutions, support and training.


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Barb and Nelle in the Community…

Recently, Barb and Nelle visited Bundaberg in Queensland to be part of OPTIONS DAY 2018. A great day was had talking to the local community about supports and services, plus we had the amazing Summer Farrelly from Chickens to Love – Therapeutic Chickens drop in and say hello. Summer was Ambassador for OPTIONS DAY, and she is certainly one aspiring role model to us all. If you would like to learn more about Summer and her program please visit her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Chickens2love/

 

What you have to say about us….

Thank you so much for your raw, easy to understand and fiercely passionate teachings. You’ve opened our eyes and minds. I won’t lie, some of the material is confronting (it needs to be) but there is no more burying our heads and hoping for the best.  Maria B. Maryborough Qld.

It was also important for dad to attend. He struggles with acceptance and fears the future but mums know, knowledge IS POWER. He heard some practical advice from people living the same / similar experience. Realising we are not alone and that there is help out there is reassuring. Lisa, Gympie Qld.