Jeanette Purkis is an author, public servant and passionate advocate for Autistic people and their families. She is the author of 'Finding a Different Kind of Normal: Misadventures with Asperger Syndrome' – an autobiography, and 'The Wonderful World of Work: A Workbook for Asperteens'- an activity book about employment for teens on the Autism spectrum. Jeanette has also contributed to other books, journals, blogs and websites. Jeanette has a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and atypical schizophrenia.

Jeanette has been working full-time for the Australian Public Service since 2007. In between writing and paid work, Jeanette frequently gives talks about living well with Autism and mental illness. She gave a presentation on Autism and resilience at the TEDx Canberra conference in 2013. Jeanette facilitates a support group for women on the Autism spectrum and has her own internet radio show entitled Jeanette's Autism Show. Jeanette lives in Canberra with her little black kitty.

Jeanette will present on Day 3 in Symposium 12 - Transforming Futures - prespectives of adults with ASD.

The Wonderful World of Work: Autism and employment: In this presentation, Jeanette will focus on successful transitions into the workforce for people on the Autism spectrum. The presentation will draw on her own employment journey, which has at times been somewhat tenuous but has resulted in Jeanette holding a professional position in the Australian Public Service for almost nine years. The presentation will also provide tips and strategies around successfully moving into - and staying in - work for people on the spectrum. It will cover such topics as the value of education, positive attributes of employees on the Autism spectrum, soft skills, what to expect in the workplace, disclosure, managing anxiety and self-confidence, and how to address issues which arise at work.

Also presenting in this Symposium:
Penelope Robinson
Matthew Bennett