Jeanette Purkis is passionate about improving the lives of people on the Autism spectrum and their families. She is the author of Finding a Different Kind of Normal: Misadventures with Asperger Syndrome – an autobiography, and an employment workbook for teens entitled The Wonderful World of Work. Jeanette has a new book due for release in April 2016 called The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum. She writes a regular blog and articles for Autism and mental health publications. Jeanette has a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and atypical schizophrenia.

Jeanette has been working full-time for the Australian Public Service since 2007. In between writing books and paid work Jeanette speaks to audiences about Autism. She gave a presentation on Autism and resilience for TEDx Canberra and recently spoke with Professor Temple Grandin. She hosts her own internet radio show, facilitates a women’s support group and is a member of the Executive Committee for Autism Asperger ACT. Jeanette lives in Canberra with her little black kitty.


Read Jeanette Purkis’ full session description on the VAC program here

Read Jeanette Purkis’ keynote address description on the VAC program here