Author, International Autism / Neurodiversity Keynote Speaker, Autistic Spokesperson, Autism Consultant, Musician and Automotive Data Analyst
Autistic Spokesperson, Autistic Author, Autism / Neurodiversity International Keynote Speaker, Autism Consultant, Musician and Automotive Data Analyst
ABOUT MICHAEL BARTON
Michael Barton is an experienced speaker on autism, Asperger's syndrome and neurodiversity, having toured the UK, given over 100 talks to date and been featured around the media from Channel 4 and the BBC to the New Scientist magazine.
He is also a patron of CASPA - Life with Autism - a charity based in South East London that runs youth clubs for young people on the autism spectrum.
Michael gained a Physics degree from the University of Surrey in 2014 and now works as an E-commerce Data Analyst for Autovia, making me one of just 29% of the autistic population in employment.
He gives talks at conferences, workshops, schools and training sessions globally about his experiences of being on the autism spectrum.
He also advises companies on their diversity and inclusion (D&I) policies surrounding neurodiversity.
His talks focus on the positive aspects of being autistic, which give people a more optimistic view of the future and break down the barriers autistic people face.
In Michael's spare time, he is an accomplished musician, playing jazz piano, bass guitar, drums and percussion (including spoons) with a variety of bands.
On top of that, he is also a black belt in judo and enjoys rock climbing.
He is the author of
It's Raining Cats and Dogs published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
A Different Kettle of Fish published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
He has also self-published his third book "What Has Autism Ever Done For Us?"
ABOUT MICHAEL BARTON'S PRESENTATION:
The Autism Advantage ~ Making the Most of Neurodivergent Talent
In this presentation, Michael will intertwine his personal experience with practical solutions to helping autistic people into employment.
You will learn about Michael Barton’s experiences in the world of work
as a full-time Data Analyst.
With only 29% of the autistic population in employment, and
many of them under-employed or not in suitable employment, you’ll leave this session with actionable insights into what has worked for Michael.
His knowledge of autism (from over 30 years’ experience) as well as being in full-time employment for over 7 years means he can see what it is like from both sides of the equation.
Come and see how to help autistic people not only get into employment in the first place but finding the right jobs for the benefit of both parties - the autistic population and the employer.
You will also find out what companies are obliged to do to accommodate autistic people and that minor changes can make a big difference for everyone.
You will learn what strategies you can employ to get over 29% of the autistic population in employment.
In order to understand autism more, you will get a list of common characteristics you can expect to see in autistic people.
You will discover out about “reasonable adjustments” which will benefit both autistic people and employers.
You will also appreciate the importance of the autism conversation being led by autistic people.