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.