Barb Cook – Employment Services Manager
Formally diagnosed on the autism spectrum along with ADHD and phonological dyslexia at age 40, Barb is Employment Services Manager with Thriving Now and provides consulting, workplace/educational environment assessments, functional assessments and mentoring services for the neurodiverse community. Barb is currently completing a Master of Autism (Education and Employment) and is a research assistant at the University of Wollongong. Her current research project where she is co-lead with Dr Amanda Webster is Developing a Community of Practice to facilitate the voice and self-determination of individuals on the autism spectrum.
Barb is editor and co-author of the internationally acclaimed book Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism, and editor in chief of Spectrum Women Magazine. Barb is an internationally recognised speaker and writer and was awarded a Special Commendation in the 2017 Autism Queensland Creative Futures Awards by the Queensland Governor.
Barb recently keynoted and a panel participant for a special event “A Woman’s Voice: Understanding Autistic Needs” for the US Government National Institute of Mental Health (NIHM) in Washington DC, USA.