"Thank you so much for your contribution yesterday, you are such an inspirational speaker. The evaluation sheets are full of complimentary comments about you.
The parent who also presented, said to me she had learned so much from you. She told me how they had striven to keep [her AS daughter] in an NT world, not realising she needs her own community too. She said they would be doing something about that as a result of today. Another parent told me her daughter at last had a role model!"
Mary Curran. Lead Commissioner, Wiltshire Council.
Sarah has been a keynote autism speaker at national autism conferences in the UK and overseas and specialises in speaking on all aspects of autism and Asperger syndrome including relationships, women, gender differences (sometimes with her autistic partner, Keith), employment and alcohol. She has an unusually blunt and humorous speaking style which is more informal and 'says it like it is' more than many professionals. She has written six books on the subject of autism.
Sarah was diagnosed autistic with Asperger syndrome at the age of 43 - after she had written several books on the subject. Autism in women is so invisible that Sarah did not recognise it in herself! Sarah speaks openly about her wide and varied life experiences in her talks as an autism speaker, including 30+ failed jobs, life-long mental health difficulties and numerous disastrous relationships - all of which she shares with humour and brutal honesty.
Sarah has delivered training and consultancy support to government departments, psychiatrists, National Autistic Society, police, schools, colleges, universities, care providers, careers services and management consultants.
She also carries out adult assessments on those who believe they may be autistic (Asperger Syndrome) and workplace assessments and consultancy to employers.
Sarah is a member of the National Autistic Society's Accreditation Standards Panel, ensuring quality standards for autism services. She is also a member of the NAS Professional Conference Editorial Board.
Sarah has extensive knowledge of Asperger Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Conditions and neuro-diversity from both professional and personal experience. She has worked in various roles, including Project Leader, for the ASpire project for 7 years, an adult Asperger Syndrome mentoring project as well as in Further Education as a Disability Support Tutor and in residential care. She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Asperger Syndrome and an MA in Autism and now acts as an Associate Lecturer on the PGC in Asperger syndrome course.
Sarah is co-author of an academic article published in the Journal of Good Autism Practice (June 2011).
Sarah is also partner to Keith, who is also autistic. Several members of her immediate family are autistic which is why she felt that it made perfect sense to her prior to her own diagnosis.
On a regular basis, feedback from Sarah's training says: 'The best training I have ever been on'. Sarah is also a stand-up comedian and likes her training to be entertaining as well as informative.
CAROL POVEY - DIRECTOR, THE CENTRE FOR AUTISM AT THE NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY.
In my role as Director of the Centre for Autism at the National Autistic Society I have worked with Sarah over many years, valuing her professionalism, her expertise and her spirit. As well as being a lively and entertaining speaker and trainer, Sarah has a deep understanding and knowledge of autism and related issues. This is based not only on her personal experience, but that she keeps up to date with the latest research and initiatives in the field. With a portfolio of real life examples, she brings practical solutions to the everyday challenges encountered by professionals, autistic people and families. It’s always a pleasure to work with Sarah!
STEVE HUGGETT - DIRECTOR, AUTISM EDUCATION TRUST.
Sarah Hendrickx was a key figure in helping to launch our post 16 training programme. Her delivery is inspirational and her session launching the post 16 training was a real tour de force. She provides a real insight into autism which is informative, engaging and ….funny!