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Anna Kennedy talks ‘All things Autism’ with Dr Shirley Woods-Gallagher

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Anna Kennedy’s guest on ‘All things Autism’ was Dr Shirley Woods-Gallagher, , please click here to listen to these amazing shows!

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Shirley is based in the UK in Greater Manchester.  She was born in Wigan. She was born autistic and knew she was different aged 4 yrs.  However, she wasn’t diagnosed until she was 49 yrs.

She was the first woman in her family to go to university and the only person in her family with a PhD.

She worked in local government mostly Manchester for over 20 years.

She helped to write the devolution deal for Greater Manchester on early years and presented evidence of what works to both the Education and Science and Technology Select Committees of the UK Parliament. 

During the pandemic she was in the shielding category and had no bubble with another house for over 16 months.  Her father died of covid in lockdown one May 2020, and she was banned from seeing her Mum and attending her Dad’s funeral.

In January 2022 he joined New Bridge Multi Academy Trust as an Executive Director.  The trust has over 2,000 students with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) aged 4-30 years. Shirley believes representation matters to her students.

She is also a member of the Advisory Panel for Children’s Viewing for the British Board of Film Classification.   She loves film and doing what’s right for children see https://www.bbfc.co.uk/about-us/who-we-are

In June 2022 she shared her late autism diagnosis to a public audience for the first time at the ABL Conference on Crisis to Calm at Bolton Stadium.

In the summer of 2022, she was co-opted onto the LEGO Foundation Play for All Accelerator and Neurodiversity Advisory Panel see https://learningthroughplay.com/play-for-all

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