Star of the Autistic Gardener (Channel 4)
I really liked the fact that Katie Parlett started a school for autistic children and then proceeded to look beyond that by helping children once they had finished secondary school. It’s about taking the children out into the real world and helping them come into contact with strangers and unfamiliar places.
I’ve only ever come across a few people like Katie, who come up with a fantastic idea and actually decide to act on it. When most people sit down and come up with an idea, they don’t follow it through – she does! She appears to have the ability to make people join in on a journey and she inspires people.
People need to understand that autistic people are not broken computers but different operating systems. We can bring something to a team that no one would have thought of because we can see things from a different perspective. Being autistic is not the problem, it’s just a matter of perspective!