Portfolio

Barb Cook’s achievements and accomplishments span a wide and lengthy array in supporting neurodiverse individuals.

2020

Textbook: Treatment on the Spectrum: Diverse Interventions for Adolescent and Adult Clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Eds. Dr Rachel Bedard & Dr Lorna Hecker. Publisher: Routledge Press. UK. Contribution to section 7: Job preparation, readiness and resources. Contribution title: Working Together: Empowering the Autistic Voice. Fellow contributors to section 7: Dr Temple Grandin & Dr. Sara Colorosa. Release date TBC.

2019

7 September – Event: Navigating the Social World on the Autism Spectrum: Friendships, Romance & Bullying.Presentation topic: Positive Relationships on the Autism Spectrum. University of Wollongong, NSW.

16 August – Day Workshop. Empowerment on the Autism Spectrum Workshop. Joint workshop with Yenn Purkis. Penrith RSL, NSW

27 July – ABC Breakfast 24 hours news. Barb Cook, Autism & Employment ABC 24 Hour News with Johanna Nicholson & Josh Szeps. 

31 May – Neurodiversity & Employment Symposium Keynote speaker. Topic: Harnessing the Power of ADHD: Being the Executive of Functioning. Brisbane, QLD

23 April – Washington DC, USA – IACC Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee – US Department of Health & Human Services. NIMH Special Event for Autism Awareness Month: A Woman’s Voice: Understanding Autistic Needs. Opening keynote speaker and a panel participant with Liane Holliday Willey, Jennifer O’Toole and Dena Gassner. Speaking on autistic women’s needs on a variety of topics. 

8 March – NDIS International Women’s Day Event, Rockhampton, QLD Panel discussion: issues facing local women with disability.

19 February – Moderator for international best-selling author Graeme Simsion and Professor Tony Attwood, The Rosie Result book launch, Brisbane Powerhouse. 

4 January – The Independent Newspaper (UK) Spectrum Women Walking to the Beat of Autism – Number 1 book on autism, INDY/BEST BUY 

2018

22 November – Autism and Gender Workshop, Gympie Qld. Four-hour joint presentation with Nelle Frances.

14 November – World Autism Organisation Congress 2018 (WAO2018) Houston, Texas. Presentation with Becca Lory. Pedals and Paws: Creating Strength Based Supports in Adulthood from Special Interests/Enthusiasms.

13 November – Association of University Centers on Disabilities – AUCD 2018: We All Belong Here. AASET panel discussion. Washington DC.

3 October – 2018 Community Engagement Grant, University of Wollongong. Project: Facilitating the voice and self-determination of young adults on the autism spectrum. 

10 September – Jessica Kingsley Publishers Blog: An introduction into the internationally acclaimed book, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism.

30 August – Presentation at ASPECT Autism in Education Conference: The Personal Empowerment of Goal Setting for Autistic Learners Within Inclusive Learning Environments

21 August – Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism book is released.  Jessica Kingsley Publishers ISBN 9781785924347 pp336

30 June – One-hour presentation at the University of Wollongong: Understanding Gender Differences in Employment for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum 

6 June – The dark history of Hans Asperger emerges, the doctor the disorder was named after — Mamamia

12 February – Manuscript completed for Spectrum Women — Walking to the Beat of Autism (Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2018)

2017

1 December: Autism Queensland Creative Futures Recognition Awards with the Governor Paul De Jersey at Government House Queensland – Awarded Special Commendation for Individual AchievementThe Governor’s Speech at the event, click here.

14 November: Article SWM: Why are they so mean?

3 & 4 November: Autism West Symposium – The Big Picture – 40 minute presentation on Living Independently within Society

2 October Article SWM: Meaning of Life—an over-thinker’s guide to the universe

15 August Interview Autism West: Barb Cook on the Autism Gender Gap, Being a Chameleon and Finding Your Tribe

2 August Article Autism West:  Autistic Pride: Be Unashamedly You – Barb Cook

28 July Article SWM: My Safe Space – Barb Cook

3 July: Signed book contract with Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Titled Spectrum Women

26 June: Interview with Becca Lory Spectrumly Speaking – A Different Brains Podcast: Autism Advocacy in Australia, with Barb Cook of Spectrum Women Magazine | Spectrumly Speaking ep. 13

13 June Article SWM: Why I Write… A Spectrum Women Collaboration

27 May: Podcast interview with Jeanette Purkis for Positively Autistic Jeanette’s Autism Show

23 May: AASET – Autistic Adults and other Stakeholders Engaged Together –Community Council Member

2 March: Interview Lisa Morgan Author: Living Through Suicide Loss – A Conversation with Author Lisa Morgan

2016

17 October: Article SWM: Why I Ride…. In the Beginning…. Aspie Biker Chick

1 September: Interviewed Michelle Vines Author: Asperger’s on the Inside – A Candid Interview with Author Michelle Vines

20 June: Spectrum Women Magazine: Official launch

30 May: Australian Ambassador for the International Aspergirl Society: Founded and presided over by Atremisia (formerly Rudy Simone), author, singer and songwriter

2015

30 August: Inaugural Bikers for Autism Australia Charity Ride Sunshine Coast Qld: Beneficiary the Wemyss Family $600 raised

28 August: Motorbike Writer Article: Bikers for Autism ride for struggling family 

21 May: ABC Sunshine Coast Radio Interview with Annie Gaffney: Discussion on Women with Autism

5 May: SBS Mini Documentary The Chameleons: Women with Autism: We often hear about autism in men, but rarely in women. The Feed (SBS) looks at three different generations of women living with autism and how the stigma of the condition is amplified by gender.

2014

1 October 2014 ANCA Awards: Naturally Autistic People’s Award. Community Achievement Award 3rd place.

3 April: Aspect National Recognition Awards Sydney: Finalist in two categories.

16 March: 30+ regional Australian newspapers: Article – For Barb, Autism is now a career

18 February: 98five Sonshine FM Radio: Talking about International Aspergers Day

January edition Autism Aspergers Network Magazine: View online version here.

2013

10 December: Channel 10 Wake Up Breakfast Show. Discussion on Aspergers Syndrome, Susan Boyle and later in life diagnosis with Barb Cook and the Channel Ten Wake Up team. 

16 October: Australian Women’s Weekly: Article – I was diagnosed with Autism at 40 

13 September: Autism Aspergers Network Magazine September edition: View online version here.

27 July: Pilot Promo Video for Caring 4 ASDBarb Cook was part of a pilot video promoting a new organisation including Dick Smith

25 May: Symposium Panel Member – Aspergers and the Autism Spectrum: Panel member of 5 at a Wellbeing Expo to a large crowd. First live speaking event.

30 April: Channel 7 Local News: Covering the release of the new Australian Autism Aspergers Network magazine.

25 April: Noosa Today Paper: Magazine is an Australian First

18 April: Skype Interview with Craig Evans USA – Autism Hangout

13 April: Radio Interview with Beck Kelly – Real People Talk Autism Phoenix FM Bendigo

27 March: Australian Autism Aspergers Network Magazine Launched: Print and online version. 96 pages. View online publication here.

2012

22 November: Founded Bikers for Autism Australia

22 November: Co-founded the Australian Autism Aspergers Network Inc.: Registered not for profit charity supporting individual and families on the Autism Spectrum.

2009

1 September: Co-founded the Sunshine Coast Autism Aspergers Network

3 March: Official Diagnosis of Asperger syndrome