Portfolio

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

PRESENTATIONS & EVENTS

2021

22-27 March – Connected by Autism Conference – Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Presentation: Barb Cook: Self-Care for Adults on the Spectrum 45 minutes. Presentation: Barb Cook & Kate Ross: Masking, Camouflaging and Late Diagnosis 60 minutes. https://jkpautism.thinkific.com/

23 March – Austism Speaker Series 2021: Autism Awareness Australia – Stories to challenge, inform and inspire… https://www.autismawareness.com.au/news-events/events-campaigns/austism-2020-tickets-on-sale/

23 January – Autism Journeys: Interview with Barb Cook 60 minutes  https://youtu.be/3CLkTRMhJ7s

2020

7 November – My Life My Decisions Online Workshop: Barb Cook & Dr Amanda Webster – Facilitating Autistic Self-determination in a Neurotypical World  60 minutes

29 September/1 October –Resume Writing Workshops Session 1 & 2 for Aspergers Victoria. 2 x 90 minute workshops including development of workbooks and templates.

22 SeptemberAutism Explained Summit. Presentation: Mid-life and up: Planning for the Future. https://youtu.be/5znw7226BAE

20 June – 7 Signs of Autism in women (DSM-5 Symptoms of Autism/Aspergers in Autistic Adults). Online Interview with Paul Micallef, Aspergers on the Inside. 30 minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfalX7DJbdk

2 May – University of Wollongong, NSW. Online 1 hour presentation. Evidence-based Practice in Employment.

30 April – Aspergers Victoria Online Educational Event. Presentation & Q & A: World of Work: Socialising & Executive Functioning. 90 minutes https://aspergersvic.org.au/event-3787106

18 April – Webinar with Barb Cook & Yenn Purkis. Relationships and the Autism Spectrum. 3 hour workshop. Recording available at: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/autismrelationships/409160818

3 April – Autism Awareness Australia Webinar: Autism at Home – Transitioning to Adulthood with Chris Bonnello, Barb Cook, Charmaine Fraser and Nicole Rogerson  https://youtu.be/8ENJ81pfaSw

Webinar Series 2020:

Education to Employment: Preparing for Work. 90 minutes.

Webinar: Being the Executive of Functioning: Harnessing the Power of Your Brain. 90 minutes. Recording available at: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/executivefunction/418326751

Webinar: Workplace Social Skills for People on the Autism Spectrum. 90 minutes. Recording available at: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/worksocialskills/421341363

Webinar: Mastering Self-Determination & Self-Advocacy. 90 minutes. Recording Available at:  https://vimeo.com/ondemand/selfadvocacy/427612639

Webinar: Sensory Management: Identifying Stressors in the Workplace. 90 minutes. Recording available at: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/sensorymanagement/422653636

Webinar: Self-Care: Putting Your First. 90 minutes.

2019

7 September – University of Wollongong: Event – Navigating the Social World on the Autism Spectrum: Friendships, Romance & Bullying. 1 hour presentation: Positive Relationships on the Autism Spectrum.

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

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 NeedsOpening 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. 

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.

2017

3 & 4 November: Autism West Symposium: The Big Picture. 45 minute presentation – Living Independently within Society

30 August – ASPECT Autism in Education Conference: The Personal Empowerment of Goal Setting for Autistic Learners Within Inclusive Learning Environments. 15 minute presentation

30 June – University of Wollongong: Understanding Gender Differences in Employment for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum – 1 hour presentation

2013

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.

BOOKS & ENDORSEMENTS

2020

22 October – Book endorsement for All Cats are on the Autism Spectrum – Kathy Hoopmann, Jessica Kingsley Publishers. https://www.jkp.com/aus/all-cats-are-on-the-autism-spectrum-2.html

21 August – Book foreword. Spectrum Women: Autism and Parenting – Renata Jurkevythz, Maura Campbell and Lisa Morgan. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. https://barbcook.com.au/product/spectrum-women-autism-and-parenting/

29 June – Textbook: A Spectrum of Solutions for Clients with Autism: Treatment for Adolescents and Adults. Eds. Dr Rachel Bedard & Dr Lorna Hecker. Publisher: Routledge Press. UK. Chapter 20: Working Together: Empowering the Autistic Voice. 

15 March – Book endorsement for The Spectrum Girl’s Survival Guide – Siena Castellon. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. https://www.jkp.com/aus/spectrum-women-autism-and-parenting-2.html

2019

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

2018

4 December – Book endorsement for Autism in Heels – Jennifer Cook O’Toole  https://www.amazon.com/Autism-Heels-Untold-Female-Spectrum/dp/1510732845/ref=sr_1_1?crid=35G4HAIQQ601P&dchild=1&keywords=autism+in+heels&qid=1613788558&sprefix=autism+in+he%2Caps%2C1538&sr=8-1

21 August – Book: Eds. Barb Cook & Dr Michelle Garnett: Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism book is released.  Jessica Kingsley Publishers ISBN 9781785924347 pp336   https://barbcook.com.au/product/spectrum-women-walking-to-the-beat-of-autism-paperback-signed-by-barb-cook/

2014

28 March – Book endorsement for The Wonderful World of Work – Yenn Purkis (formerly Jeanette) https://intl.jkp.com/aus/the-wonderful-world-of-work-2.html

21 February – Book endorsement for Been There, Try That, Done This – Tony Attwood, Craig Evans & Anita Lesko https://intl.jkp.com/aus/been-there-done-that-try-this-2.html

PUBLICATIONS & ARTICLES

2021

21 February – Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT) – What can an individual do to make the world more autism-friendly? https://www.autismspectrum.org.au/blog/what-can-an-individual-do-to-make-the-world-more-autism-friendly

12 January – Article: Self-Monitoring – The Art of Checking in on Yourself https://barbcook.com.au/2021/01/12/self-monitoring/

 2020

11 June – Article: What is Self-Care & My Top 4 Self-Care Tips https://barbcook.com.au/2020/06/11/what-is-self-care/

3 June – Article: An Introduction to Self-Advocacy & Self-determination Skills. What Are They and Why Are They So Important?  https://barbcook.com.au/2020/06/03/self-advocacy-self-determination-skills/

19 May – Academic paper:  Listening to the autistic voice: Mental health priorities to guide research and practice in autism from a stakeholder-driven project. Teal W Benevides, Stephen Shore, May-Lynn Andresen, Barb Cook, Steven S. Coughlin, Dena L Gassner, Becca Lory Hector, and Lisa Morgan. Sage Journals: Autism doi.org/10.1177/1362361320908410   https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1362361320908410

11 May – Academic paper: Interventions to address health outcomes among autistic adults: A systematic review. Teal W. Benevides, Stephen Shore, May-Lynn Andresen, Reid Caplan, Barb Cook, Dena L Gassner, Jasmine M Erves, Taylor M Hazlewood, M Caroline King, Lisa Morgan, Lauren E Murphy, Yenn Purkis, Brigid Rankowski, Sarah M Rutledge, Savannah P Welch, Karl Wittig. Sage Journals: Autism.  doi.org/10.1177/1362361320913664  https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1362361320913664

27 January – Article: Reducing Workplace Stress: Working Together on Self-Care  https://barbcook.com.au/2020/01/27/reducing-workplace-stress-working-together-on-self-care-by-barb-cook-m-aut-dip-hsc/

1 January – Autism Spectrum News. Article: Autism, Neurodiversity and Employment: Working Together for Positive Futures  https://autismspectrumnews.org/autism-neurodiversity-and-employment-working-together-for-positive-futures/

2019

22 December – Article: Workplace Social Skills: Challenging the Narrative for Autistic People  https://barbcook.com.au/2019/12/22/workplace-social-skills-challenging-the-narrative-for-autistic-people-by-barb-cook-m-aut/

8 December – Article: It’s Never too Early to Start: Planning Employment Futures with Autistic and Neurodivergent People  https://barbcook.com.au/2019/12/08/its-never-too-early-to-start-planning-employment-futures-with-autistic-and-neurodivergent-people-by-barb-cook-m-aut/

15 November – Article: It’s not all about IT… Breaking the stigma in employment choices for autistic & neurodivergent people https://barbcook.com.au/2019/11/15/its-not-all-about-it-breaking-the-stigma-in-employment-choices-for-autistic-neurodivergent-people-by-barb-cook/

15 November – Article: Autistic Women in the Workplace  https://barbcook.com.au/2019/11/15/autistic-women-in-the-workplace-by-barb-cook/

2018

19 October – Article: Autism, Literally https://www.spectrumwomen.com/featured/autism-literally/

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

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

20 August – Article: 15 Things You Should Absolutely Say to an Autistic Woman  https://www.spectrumwomen.com/my-life/15-things-you-should-absolutely-say-to-an-autistic-woman/

13 August: Article: 15 Things You Should Never Say to an Autistic Woman  https://www.spectrumwomen.com/my-life/15-things-you-should-never-say-to-an-autistic-woman/

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

18 May – Article: Anxiety and Depression — A Spectrum Women Collaboration for Mental Health Awareness Week  https://www.spectrumwomen.com/wellbeing/anxiety-and-depression-a-spectrum-women-collaboration-for-mental-health-awareness-week/

29 March – Article: Why We Think Our Pets Might Also Be On The Spectrum  https://www.spectrumwomen.com/featured/why-we-think-our-pets-might-also-be-on-the-spectrum/

8 March – Article: The Top Ten Things Parents Should Know About Girls On The Spectrum  https://www.spectrumwomen.com/general/the-top-ten-things-parents-should-know-about-girls-on-the-spectrum/

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

2017

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

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. https://www.spectrumspace.org.au/chameleon/

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

28 July – Article SWM: My Safe Space – Barb Cook

3 July – Signed book contract with Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Titled Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism

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

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 – Book Review: Colour Coding for Learners with Autism  https://www.spectrumwomen.com/reviews/colour-coding-for-learners-with-autism/

20 June – Spectrum Women Magazine: Official launch https://www.spectrumwomen.com/

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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

IN THE MEDIA

2020

11 December – NDIS: Choice and Control Podcast.  https://choice-and-control.castos.com/episodes/barb-cook

7 August – ABC News – Diagnosed with autism at 48, charity founder encourages celebration of neurodiversity. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-07/charity-founder-diagnosed-with-autism-at-48/12528374

9 July – Illawarra Mercury – UOW joins autism research co-production plan to ‘give voice’ to those on spectrum. https://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/6825721/uow-joins-autism-research-co-production-plan-to-give-voice-to-those-on-spectrum/

2019

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

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

2018

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

2017

15 August – Interview Autism West: Barb Cook on the Autism Gender Gap, Being a Chameleon and Finding Your Tribe. https://www.spectrumspace.org.au/chameleon/

2015

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. https://youtu.be/VJHa9xk16Hw

2014

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

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 

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

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

YOUTUBE, PODCASTS & RADIO

2021

23 January – Autism Journeys: Interview with Barb Cook  https://youtu.be/3CLkTRMhJ7s

2020

11 December – NDIS: Choice and Control Podcast.  https://choice-and-control.castos.com/episodes/barb-cook

22 SeptemberAutism Explained Summit. Presentation: Mid-life and up: Planning for the Future. https://youtu.be/5znw7226BAE

20 June – 7 Signs of Autism in women (DSM-5 Symptoms of Autism/Aspergers in Autistic Adults). Online Interview with Paul Micallef, Aspergers on the Inside.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfalX7DJbdk

3 April – Autism Awareness Australia Webinar: Autism at Home – Transitioning to Adulthood with Chris Bonnello, Barb Cook, Charmaine Fraser and Nicole Rogerson  https://youtu.be/8ENJ81pfaSw

2019

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

2018

30 July – Podcast Different Brains: “Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism” Roundtable | Spectrumly Speaking ep. 46  https://www.differentbrains.org/spectrum-women-walking-to-the-beat-of-autism-spectrumly-speaking/

2017

26 June – Podcast Different Brains: 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

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

2015

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. https://youtu.be/VJHa9xk16Hw

2014

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

2013

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

BOARDS & AFFILIATIONS

2021

1st February – Deputy Chair of Developmental Educators Australia Inc (DEAI). https://www.deai.com.au/

2020

10 September – Co-design committee member. Aspergers Victoria – World of Work: Work Experience Pathways Project. https://aspergersvic.org.au/Employment

27 May – Advisory board member. Project Autism What Next. – Autism Awareness Australia. https://autismwhatnext.com.au/ 

10 March – Vice President, My Life My Decisions Inc. Not for profit organisation. https://mylifemydecisions.org/

6 January – Director of NeuroEmploy Pty Ltd. Employment skilling and training for neurodivergent people. Consulting & training for workplace staff & business. https://neuroemploy.com/

2017

23 May – AASET – Autistic Adults and other Stakeholders Engaged Together –Community Council Member  http://www.autistichealth.org/

2016

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

2012

22 November – Founder Bikers for Autism Australia

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

2009

1 September – Co-founder the Sunshine Coast Autism Aspergers Network

AWARDS

2018

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

5 April – Aspect National Recognition Awards Sydney: Finalist Advancement Award for Spectrum Women Magazine

2017

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

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.