International speaker and neurodiversity expert Alexis Quinn will give a talk on building the right support for autistic people at St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale, on Friday, July 21, at 7.30pm.

Alexis Quinn will draw on the latest research and her lived experience to speak about neuro-affirming ways to think about difference and diversity, autism and mental well-being, common challenges faced by neurodivergent people and their families, and how to helpfully support neurodiverse people.

Alexis is a former schoolteacher and professional athlete and the author of two books: her ground-breaking memoir Unbroken, and Autistic and Expecting, a guide for autistic parents-to-be.

The talk is free and people can just turn up on the night. There will be a chance to ask questions and Alexis will sign personalised copies of Unbroken at the reduced price of £10.

Rev Lesley Crawley from St Mark’s Church said: “We are so fortunate to have Alexis to speak at St Mark’s and to give her expert insight into how we can best support neurodivergent people and their families.

"More and more research is being carried out into how the make-up of our brains affects our everyday lives and how our surroundings and interactions can have an impact on us.

"If we have a greater understanding of each other it can help us to be more accommodating and compassionate and also allow us to connect with greater authenticity.”

For further information call Stella Wiseman on 07842 761919 or email [email protected]