What Is Autism?
Are We All On The Spectrum?
Helping other people isn’t just a passion for Thomas, it is the reason he gets out of bed in the morning and continues to battle his own hardships. A Youtuber and podcaster in his spare time, Thomas found that his words helped support other people in precarious positions. Being an autism advocate online, he is able to reach countries where autism awareness is sparse, and continue to support individuals in isolated areas of the UK.
9x More Likely To Die From Suicide
Only 16% In Full-Time Employment
7x More Likely To Suffer From Chronic Loneliness
1 In 3 Autistic People Have A Mental Health Condition
Only ~4 In 10 Are Learning Disabled
Thomas is a 24 y/o Business & Event Project manager for a non-profits organisation. Remarkably, Thomas is a former Commonwealth Games Taekwondo gold medallist, and owner of the ‘Best Male Fighter’ trophy for his heavyweight bouts. Furloughed from his previous job as Special Needs Teaching Assistant, lockdown proved a hugely stressful time for him. Thomas rose to the challenge of becoming an autism advocate despite the hardships, and is really making a difference with the opportunities lockdown offered him.
“I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome at age 10 and became an autism advocate in my early 20’s. I am hypersensitive in many of my senses and struggle immensely with executive dysfunction – meaning I find it difficult to plan and act out my routine (even things I enjoy). I have fairly common meltdowns and spikes in anxiety, and due to my severe mental health conditions everyday life can be difficult at low points. However, social/communicative skills, scientific knowledge and media work comes naturally to me. I have a high IQ, I’m a passionate autism advocate, and I use my intellect to approach emotional/social and neurological differences in a unique and insightful way.”
“I met Thomas a few months ago on my ‘All things Autism Radio’ programme where during our interview he shared that he was in the process of creating his video piece ‘Aspergers In Society’.
In my opinion this a real insight on living with Aspergers Syndrome. Thomas has been creative by showcasing many individuals sharing their experiences and giving advice from their own personal, different perspectives. He’s an amazing autism advocate. Keep up the great work.”
“I recently watched ‘Asperger’s in Society’ on YouTube, a film that highlights life on the spectrum and explores the connection between autism and mental health. I found the film incredibly interesting and engaging – it was really well produced and goes a long way in terms of raising awareness of what it’s like to be autistic with co-occurring mental health conditions.”
“One thing that I love about Thomas’ podcast series, is how he talks a lot about his own experience – as well as covering topics related to autism. I think that will really inspire many listeners, either who have a diagnosis of autism or who may be exploring whether they need a diagnosis. He’s been through a lot, but here he is communicating and sharing his experience with others”
“Thomas handles delicate subjects with poise and dignity; there is an effortless charm to his podcasts that lends trust to the listener.”
“Thomas’ film opens the door to the discussion of further issues in communities especially for those on the spectrum not receiving inclusion or support that they are entitled too, highlighting the issues to tackle them head on. Thomas is an amazing autism advocate with a lot of promise as the future of autism.”
“Thomas’ work gives a rare and valuable insight into life as experienced by young autistic people in a world and culture that is not optimised for them. Challenging the conception that there’s something “wrong” with autistic people, his documentary is a great opportunity to understand a perspective that is not readily visible in everyday life.”
“Thomas has been inspirational as a junior ambassador for Fighting for Autism (Europe) in helping to raise autism awareness, but also highlighting the need for acceptance and inclusion. Getting to see this remarkable gentleman grow through his Aspergers Growth channel on social media has been a privilege to see.”