Life on the Autism spectrum


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Advisory Panel

Professor Anthony Bailey
Head of the Autism Research Group, Department of Psychiatry,
University of Oxford
Professor Gillian Baird
Consultant Developmental Paediatrician, Guys Hospital
Sara Candy
Wellcome Trust
Katrina Dare
Parent representative
Dr Kate Field
Senior Researcher, Health Experiences Research Group, Department of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford.
Dr Nick Hodge
The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University
Dorothy McDowell
Parent representative
Steven McGuinness
Parent representative
Nicholas Miller
Department of Health
Dr Rachel Miller
Health Experiences Research Group
Laurie Morgan
Lay member and parent representative
Liz Osman
Parent Support Project Manager, The Treehouse
Rachel Pike
Regional Area Co-ordinator, National Autistic Society
Dr Alex Popescu
Dr Clare Robertson
Consultant, Children's Hospital, John Radcliffe
Dr Melissa Rodd
Lecturer in Mathematics Education, Institute of Education, University of London
Dr Mitzi Waltz
Lecturer in Autism Studies, University of Birmingham

We would like to thank all those who took part in the research and shared their experiences so openly and enthusiastically.  Thanks also to Mark Smyth, Anup Apadhyaya, Andy Bell and Joan Mansfield at My Life My Choice for their support during the project.  

Supported by:
The Wellcome Trust 

Grant holders:
Sue Ziebland
Anthony Bailey
Ann McPherson
Alison Chapple



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