Workshops & Events for the Neurodiverse

Autism  · ADHD · Dyslexia · Dyspraxia · Mental Health

ON DEMAND VIDEO Relationships & the Autism Spectrum with Barb Cook & Yenn Purkis

About the webinar…
Relationships come in many forms. These can be friendships, romantic and intimate or these relationships can be part of our everyday lives when we are at work with bosses and colleagues or in an educational setting at school or uni. A commonality of these relationships is there usually is more than one person involved and requires navigation of the hidden expectations and dynamics of interaction and connection with other people.

In this webinar, Barb and Yenn will explore the various types of relationships, what the expectations are, and how neurodiverse people can express their needs and understanding of how they experience connecting with other people.

Some of the topics covered are the dynamics of friendships, romantic encounters and expectations in intimate relationships, redefining what a healthy relationship is, safety, bullying, harassment and understanding the unique needs for satisfying companionship.

Barb and Yenn will explore workplace and educational relationships and how to self-advocate in having needs met, to feel supported in an inclusive environment and to gain insight into how to work towards meaningful relationships with others.


This webinar is for autistic and neurodiverse adults, parents, educators, employers and health professionals.

On completion of this workshop, a certificate will be provided with 3 hours personal development.

Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism

Barb Cook and 14 other autistic people describe life from a female autistic perspective, and present empowering, helpful and supportive insights from their personal experience for fellow autistic women. Dr Michelle Garnett’s comments validate and expand the experiences described from a clinician’s perspective, and provide extensive recommendations.

Autistic advocates including Liane Holliday Willey, Anita Lesko, Yenn (formerly Jeanette) Purkis, Artemisia and Samantha Craft offer their personal guidance on significant issues that particularly affect women, as well as those that are more general to autism. Contributors cover issues including growing up, identity, diversity, parenting, independence and self-care amongst many others. With great contributions from exceptional women, this is a truly well-rounded collection of knowledge and sage advice for any woman with autism.


on the Autism Spectrum Workshop

Penrith, NSW 16 August 2019


Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our attendees say:

Yenn and Barb’s professional presentation at the workshop covered many topics that are often not discussed. They opened many doors of conversation that continued during the breaks. This was an opportunity for neurodiverse females to come together in a safe welcoming place. Well Done!

Attendee, Empowment on the Autism Spectrum Workshop, Penrith NSW Aug. 2019

As a newly diagnosed woman on the spectrum I found this workshop really useful. Barb & Yenn shared many tips about how to cope with life with ASD. The sections on gender, mental health and executive functioning were more useful than any advice I’ve found online. Anon

Attendee, Empowment on the Autism Spectrum Workshop, Penrith NSW Aug. 2019

I really enjoyed this event. It was both interesting and inspirational. Both Barb and Yenn were engaging and provided some great insights into their experiences of autism. Thank you!

Attendee, Empowment on the Autism Spectrum Workshop, Penrith NSW Aug. 2019

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