Ben was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome when he was 10 years old and is passionate about sport and working in the media industry. Ben is also passionate about self-advocacy and is a mentor for the I Can Network. In particular, Ben is passionate about celebrating what those with Autism can do, not what they can’t do.

While studying for both his Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing and a Bachelor of Applied Communication (Journalism) at RMIT University, Ben became a volunteer netball reporter and this paid off, when he was offered the opportunity to work as a media assistant at Netball Australia. He has also worked at the Moonee Valley Racing Club where he edited two editions of the club’s member magazine and managed a press room during a Cox Plate Carnival.

Currently Ben works as Training and Property Assistant with the AFL Umpiring Department. He also is a statistician with VFL football club Werribee, covers elite level netball for the website Netball and co-hosts The Three Feet Radio Show, a netball internet radio show. Ben is passionate about sharing his journey and in particular wants to continue to demonstrate that being Autistic hasn’t stopped him from achieving his dreams of working in the sports industry and being a mentor and advocate for individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

Read Ben Cabonaro’s full session description on the VAC program here