My name is Alis and I am the founder of the curly hair project, a social enterprise based in the United Kingdom. I live in London. I have a 1st class chemistry degree and a Masters.
I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when I was 22. After struggling to find much information about adult women on the autistic spectrum, I decided to find and create my own information. My social enterprise, the curly hair project, was formed in 2013 and is now an award winning organisation known worldwide that supports people on the autistic spectrum and the people around them. I am a successful, acclaimed author and my books have been endorsed by leading clinical psychologist, Professor Tony Attwood.
I have combined all of my interests and strengths to create a very inclusive and accessible organisation through all the different media: blog articles, posters, social media, books, podcasts, videos, mobile applications, animations, workshops, seminars, training, counselling, etc. I absolutely love the concept of social enterprises – being able to make a living doing what I love to do and, at the same time, changing the lives of others. I think it is the perfect solution for everyone and, if there were more social enterprises, the world would be a better place!
My trainers and I have spoken at conferences all over the UK. I have been interviewed on BBC Radio 4 and I have been featured in national magazines.
Amongst the many dreams of mine, I really want to drive social change and ultimately make life a bit less difficult for people on the autistic spectrum – and I do this through the girl with the curly hair. I am well known in my field and have been granted numerous awards for being a successful young entrepreneur!