Autism Warrior: Claire Cookson Chief Executive Officer of DFN Project SEARCH, a total immersion transition-to-work program for students with learning disabilities and autism spectrum conditions looking to achieve competitive employment. In April 2020, Claire Cookson was appointed the new CEO of DFN Project SEARCH, a supported internship program designed to enable the inclusion and empowerment

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Autism Warrior: Russell Lehmann Award-winning motivational speaker, poet, author, and advocate, who continues to overcome his personal struggles with autism to travel the world and share his knowledge, compassion, and hope. In 2003, eleven-year-old Russell was admitted to the psychiatric ward at his local city hospital and stayed for five weeks. Later that fall, he

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In 2003, a girl named Greta Thunberg was born in Sweden. When that girl was eight years old, she first learned about the very real threat of global warming; a threat humans had caused with their own hands. At the same time, she was assured those hands could work to fix it. If we just

Autism Warrior: Gemma Bryan Founder of Autism Aware Bears, a program that raises autism awareness through special stuffed bears found by or sent to families and kids, who are encouraged to share pictures of their adventures together on the AutismAwareBears Facebook page. Gemma is based in North Lincolnshire in the UK, where she lives with

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