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Caroline Hearst

Caroline Hearst trained as an art psychotherapist and self-identified and achieved a diagnosis of autism in adulthood after years of personal therapy. Caroline credits her discovery that she is autistic with enabling her to understand herself and transform her life. Caroline now works at Autism Matters an autism educator offering CPD and consultations to therapists. She is particularly passionate about helping autistic adults and health and social practitioners to identify and understand autism, and received a 2017 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to look at autistic peer support and co-produced research. Caroline is also the founder and a director of AutAngel, a community interest company run by and for autistic adults. In this capacity she edited ‘Being Autistic’ and developed ‘Exploring Being Autistic’, an innovative post identification peer support programme which has been positively evaluated by Dr Laura Crane of CRAE.