Psychologist, counsellor, researcher, author and poet, Dr. Wenn Lawson, has worked tirelessly to increase the understanding of autism and various learning differences for many years. He was originally mis-diagnosed as being intellectually disabled, then in his teens as being schizophrenic, then finally in 1994, appropriately diagnosed with autism.
Wenn’s youngest son is also on the autism spectrum; along with two of his granddaughters. Having studied, researched and lived autism, Dr. Wenn is passionate about the rights of those who so often haven’t had a voice of their own. One of his books, ‘The passionate mind’ explores autism from a positive perspective, in the hopes of ultimately building the type of future we all hope for.
Profession: Psychologist, Lecturer, Researcher, Author
Education: PhD, Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
Achievements: Fourth place Australian of the Year in 2008, had multiple books published
Position at I CAN: Speaker
Location: Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
Speaking topics: Dr. Wenn speaks to a number of concerns experienced by individuals on the spectrum. His particular interest is in portraying and imparting an understanding of autism to allow individuals, families and professionals to develop a confidence in working with and supporting those on the spectrum. His topics range from the latest appreciation of autism research to practical outcomes for all concerned. This looks at pre-school, school, college and tertiary settings, family and relationship development, sex, sexuality and gender, autism and aligned learning differences, mental health associations in autism and much more.
“Living, loving and respecting myself and others, allows me to live honestly and with integrity. Accepting and welcoming who I am is the beginning of every sunrise; storms may come but the sun still shines.”