Deb caught up with Yenn Purkis live on Facebook!
In this video interview Yenn chats to us about their current projects and living with autism during lock-down. They question the belief that “autistic people benefit from working from home”, reminding us that everyone needs connection in their lives.
Yenn is an author, public servant and passionate advocate for Autistic people and their families. Yenn’s impact on how autism is understood and accepted in Australia is undeniable.
Yenn Purkis is an author, public servant and passionate advocate for Autistic people and their families. Yenn is the author of many books, including ‘Awesome Autistic Go-To Guide: A Practical Handbook for Autistic Teens and Tweens‘ and ‘Finding a Different Kind of Normal: Misadventures With Asperger Syndrome‘. Yenn has also contributed to other books, journals, blogs and websites. Yenn has a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and atypical schizophrenia.
Yenn has been working full-time for the Australian Public Service since 2007. In between writing and paid work, Yenn frequently gives talks about living well with Autism and mental illness. Yenn gave a presentation on Autism and resilience at the TEDx Canberra conference in 2013. Yenn facilitates a support group for women on the Autism spectrum and has their own internet radio show entitled Yenn’s Autism Show. Yenn lives in Canberra with their little black kitty.