Workshops & Events for the Neurodiverse

Autism  · ADHD · Dyslexia · Dyspraxia · Mental Health

WEBINAR: Education to Employment – Preparing for Work with Barb Cook

 WHEN: Wednesday 11th December 2019
START: 6pm QLD – 7pm NSW/VIC – DURATION: 90 minutes

Leaving school/uni and heading into work is one of the most important transitions experienced in life. It is one that requires considerable preparation and planning to ensure success in gaining meaningful employment. This webinar will explore a person-centered and collaborative approach in identifying career pathways, goal setting, vision planning, identifying strengths, self-advocacy and self-determination, identifying supports and accommodations, that will help young people with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia in attaining and achieving their employment vision.

About the presenter Barb Cook, M.Aut. (Education)…

Barb is a Developmental Educator, Autism Consultant and Life Coach for neurodivergent adults (autism, ADHD and dyslexia). Barb has a Master of Autism (education) with focus on employment from the University of Wollongong, where she is also a tutor and a research assistant in the area of self-determination and self-advocacy for adults on the autism spectrum.

As a Developmental Educator, Barb focuses on developing individualised learning strategies, tools and supports with positive outcomes for individuals across the lifespan. Barb embraces a collaborative approach by working with health and educational professionals, support staff, employers, employees, families and caregivers to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of a person-centred approach in fostering positive support and enhancement of life outcomes. Barb has extensive experience in working with people on the autism spectrum, ADHD and dyslexia, especially with adults in creating pathways in attaining life goals in the areas of education, employment, health and interpersonal relationships.

Barb identifies as neurodivergent, being diagnosed with autism, ADHD and dyslexia in 2009, and promotes a strength-based and person-centred approach in her work and life. She is founder of Spectrum Women and editor and coauthor of the internationally acclaimed book, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism.


This webinar will provide practical tools, tips and strategies for teachers, employers, allied health professionals, neurodivergent people, their parents, support workers and carers.

On completion of this workshop, a certificate will be provided with 1.5 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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