Who are we?

Valerie Carlin started professional life as a Financial Analyst before retraining to be an Independent Financial Advisor. She received a diagnosed for PDD-NOS a couple of years ago - a mild form of Asperger's. Believing strongly in raising awareness of unrecognised Asperger's, she created the Hidden Aspie project.
  

Valerie gives presentations to companies (especially STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths companies) to raise awareness of higher functioning Aspie employees, their positive attributes (and their associated difficulties) as they are often undiagnosed and don't realise their issues are due to Asperger's.
 
She is an ambassador for the National Autistic Society and has written articles for national and specialist magazines and been interviewed by the national press and radio on the problems faced by higher functioning
aspies   

  Jan Szafranski is the designer of the website, and has been creating websites for small businesses and non-profit organisations for many years. He began his professional life as a teacher, and rose to senior positions including being responsible for all SEN (Special Educational Needs) and AGT (Able Gifted and Talented) education at his secondary school as well as pastoral positions including Head of Year and Head of Faculty. He also worked alongside the LEA provider of literary services and was cited as an Exemplar for OfSTED. For several years in the middle of this career, he took a sabbatical and became an IT and Comms consultant for many major companies and governments. He is now semi-retired and has returned to his roots as an artist and photographer -      
 

Paul Wady creates the videos on the site and has worked for the National Autistic Society since 2006 and recorded their first podcast for their ongoing I Exist Campaign. He was diagnosed with High-functioning Autism, or Asperger's, much to his surprise at the age of 41, and has been writing stories, recording music and making films as The Model Aircraft Museum since 2007. In 2010, he started live performing. He has worked in a few roles in the NAS, including teaching Buddhist meditation for 3 years in an adults day centre and founding and running the adult social group on Tuesdays in the Ladbroke Grove centre. He is married to another Aspie, and they live in London with Pushkin the wondercat - 


Getting in touch

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