Shona Davison

Autistic Educator and Advocate

Making the World Better for Autistic People

Hello, I’m Shona an autistic autism educator and post graduate student with academic knowledge and lived experience of autism.

My Story

Following a successful career as a banking consultant I’m now a mother to two autistic children, a home educator, autism educator and autistic advocate. I regularly write about autism with publications in newspapers, online and in a forthcoming book about artistic parenthood. My own diagnosis of autism came when I was 38 and shortly after this I became a student, studying MA in Autism at Sheffield Hallam University. I was lucky to have this outstanding programme in my local area.

Currently I’m pioneering research into autistic parenthood. My other research topics have included autistic parents home educating their autistic children and autistic well-being.

Aside from my own experiences,daily engagement with the autistic community has given me a broad perspective of what life is like for autistic people.

I’m experienced presenter and teacher able to inform various audiences. My presentations have covered autistic parenthood and challenging behaviour delivered to parents, professionals and academics for small groups or large conferences.

My Values & Beliefs

I see autism as a positive part of me

There is no doubt it’s hard being autistic but I’m not the problem. Many people just don’t like anyone who is different. Lots of positive parts of my life have been because of my autism e.g. banking career

Equality for minority groups is important

Autistic people and other marginalised groups should be treated fairly. We need equitable measures so we can fully participate in relationships education, leisure and work

Autistic people are better in stronger numbers

I’m one of the many autistic advocates trying to make the world a better place for all autistic people

Promotion of autistic communications is vital

Autistic people don’t get their voices heard as we get spoken over by non autistic people too often. Others speak about us and for us. I want to uplift autistic communications

Nothing about us, without us, is for us

Autistic representation should not be tokenism

My Approach

The best thing about being autistic is the strong passions. I get a lot of pleasure from learning about autism, teaching people about autism and engaging with the autistic community.

The worst part of being autistic  was all the years of not understanding myself or my brain. I didn’t realise my ignorance at the time but now I look back my life would have been a lot easier if I had understood why I find somethings difficult yet others so easy. I could have adapted my environment so that I was less stressed.

Sometimes passionate interests are useful and in my passion about autism has helped me support my children, and myself, as well as is possible, so we have a lovely life. It is possible to be autistic and happy.

 

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