As the founder of ‘I Am Her Voice – Our Autism Journey’, which can be found on Instagram (@i_am_her_voice) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/shehasmyheartiamhervoice/), I am passionate about providing information about autism and other co-morbidities. It is therefore only fitting that I would dedicate this article to Autism Awareness Month.
I founded my blog (https://iamhervoice.co.uk) in January 2019 as a hobby, because I love to write. At the time I was a lead ASD officer for a charity, and the blog was something that I could be in control of, which I loved. Little did I know that the blog would end up being my career.
In our house, both me and my two children – both girls – have autism, and our autism affects us all in very different ways. My girls were both diagnosed in their early years and were very fortunate to receive early intervention from a young age. I, on the other hand, received my autism diagnosis when I was 34, just last year.
Spreading awareness around autism is a huge passion of mine. I deliver workshops for charities, educational establishments, companies and organizations. I am also fortunate to work as an early years SEND (Special Education Needs and Disability) consultant, where I help support staff and identify if a child may be struggling, or have traits of any underlying conditions. I am also on hand to help support parents and families throughout their diagnostic journey. Support before, during and after a diagnosis is crucial for families, as I know all too well having been that family.
Pictured: Alison’s two daughters.