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Jeanette Purkis

Jeanette PurkisJeanette Purkis 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. She has contributed to three other books as well as journals, blogs and websites.  Jeanette has a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and atypical schizophrenia.

 

 

Jeanette PurkisJeanette Purkis 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. She has contributed to three other books as well as 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 lives in Canberra with her little black kitty.

 

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Autism and resilience
In this presentation - based in part on her presentation for TEDx Canberra in 2013 - Jeanette looks at Autism and resilience. Jeanette will draw insights from her own experiences as an independent and resilient person on the Autism spectrum. She will look at why Autistic people need independence and resilience, the qualities of resilient people, barriers to independence, how to instil resilience and independence in young people on the spectrum and why adversity can be a friend.


The Wonderful World of Work
In this presentation, Jeanette looks at how people on the Autism spectrum can succeed in employment. Jeanette is a person with an Autism spectrum condition who has overcome many barriers to meaningful employment over her lifetime. She has been employed in the Australian Public Service since 2007 and in all manner of different jobs before that. Jeanette will share helpful tips and strategies around employment for people on the Autism spectrum. Jeanette will look at her own experiences and will provide some insights from her recent book ‘The Wonderful World of work: A Workbook for Asperteens’.
 

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