Nick Chown is an independent autism researcher, trainer, and consultant who also acts as advocate and/or mentor for various autistic adults. His current work includes leading the ‘High Achievers’ project team investigating support autistic students in higher education. He has recently published a book on autism theory and practice 'Understanding and Evaluating Autism Theory'. Previously, Nick led the project for Dudley College studying barriers to learning for students with autism in further education, and developed guidance for the West Midlands local authorities on adult autism diagnostic pathway principles and practice in partnership with Dr Luke Beardon of Sheffield Hallam University’s Autism Centre. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University (risk management), an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, a reviewer for various other journals, and tutored for a number of years on the Sheffield Hallam / National Autistic Society Post Graduate Certificate in Autism and Asperger Syndrome course. His interests in the field of autism include: barriers to learning for autistic students in further and higher education, cognitive/psychological theory of relevance to autism, autism-friendly communication methods, and the diagnosis of girls and women with autism. Outside autism, Nick’s interests include motorcycling, cricket, and the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein! He had a long career in corporate risk management prior to learning about autism when line managing a former colleague with Asperger’s syndrome.
Nick is a founder member of the 'High Achievers' research team.
Nick has worked on the following project/s:
The 'High Achievers' Project: an Assessment of the Support for Students With Autism Attending UK Universities. Journal of Further and Higher Education. 42:6
The 'Achieving More in College' Project: Support for Autistic Students Attending Further Education Colleges. Good Autism Practice (GAP) Journal. 19:1, pp 50-62(13)