Our vision is based on the assumption that neurodiversity (Dyslexia, ADHD and Autism) is a recognised and valued difference that our world needs. Understanding the strengths and challenges of each individual, allows us in working towards empowering each individual in attaining and living the life they aspire to.


Jay HobbsDirector

Jay Hobbs is a psychologist and co-creator of Thriving Now based in Brisbane, Australia. Jay has worked with neurodiverse individuals (Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism) and their families for over fifteen years in both Australia and the UK. Jay worked as an Employment Services Manager at Specialisterne and has a Master of Professional Psychology. Jay has worked on large employment programs with corporate clients such as HP, SAP and SunPork Farms. Jay is passionate about working with people on the spectrum particularly in the areas of psychology, education and employment.



Barb CookEmployment 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.