Over the moon to be invited by Flying Disabled to join the Heathrow Accessibility Advisory Group to lend an Autistic perspective to flying and Airport Accessibility.
I am delighted to accept this kind invitation and hope to prove myself a hardworking and worthy advisor with strategies and ideas that really take off! *
*Pun absolutely intended01 October 2019
It was a privilege to be invited to add testimony of the unique challenges faced by Autistic women and girls and safeguarding by the Population Reference Bureau.
The Population Reference Bureau Washington DC Is developing a multimedia “road map” presenting on How to better recognise the sexual health rights and needs of disabled women and youths and how to better respond to Sexual violence against disabled women and youths .28 August 2019
Casting a wider net from just Autism specific advocacy is always a great challenge however I feel that by using the Autistic perspective and experiences ,I hope I can then find loopholes to help many people in the UK lead happier and safer lives .It was due to my advocacy work with online safety and economic abuse that it has come to my attention that there may be a loophole in protecting vulnerable men and women from financial abuse .
Due to the photographic driving licence being an acceptable form of identification and proof of residence for many paperless online loan companies and banks there is a grey area .
It is possible for a perpetrator of financial abuse to fraudulently use a drivers licence in ex partners address for up to 10 years after leaving a shared property due to the DVLA not being able to remove an address ; only able to block an address at time of next renewal date (up to 10 years )
What can we do to close this gap ?
Can we warn paperless loan providers of this loophole ?
Can we advertise to ex spouses to contact DVLA as soon as partner leaves shared home just as they would for council tax and tax credit purposes?
Can we “freeze “ the ability to use photo licence when DVLA informed its being used incorrectly?
Should there be higher penalties for those who use addresses fraudulently ?
Can we make a photograph drivers licence renewal more regular?
Could addresses be removed completely?
I have attached a link to my article in the Financial Times in this subject here ,10 July 2019
In early June ,Include me too representatives and ambassadors attended the United Nations NYC state parties event for Disability where we launched the Commonwealth Children’s Youth Disability Network .10 July 2019
It is with incredible pride that after a accessible interview process I have been appointed to the UK Honours committee in the capacity of Community and Voluntary services (CVS) member.
I am to serve a minimum of 3 years ,with a possible extension of 6 years .
I would like to thank the Cabinet Office for being so inclusive and forward thinking in selecting an Autistic adult to become a committee member. I will do my upmost to serve well .
Here's to reading all about what's great about the UK and making sure more and more diverse people doing selfless things for others in the UK are recognised.15 January 2019
29/12/2017 22:30pm MBE Statement.
To receive an MBE from our Majesty the Queen in the 2018 New year's Honours is a feeling which I am yet to be able to put into words , I am not sure I can explain with justice how exciting this recognition is to not only on a personal level but far more importantly to others that I endeavour to support as this sets firmly and publically the knowledge that as British Autistics we are valued , we are recognised and we are able . I hope , that as not only a parent of Autistic young women but also be an Autistic woman myself ,my MBE sends out a clear message that regardless of our challenges and differences , have something to offer our country of tremendous value .
We are just as able to achieve and just as likely to be recognised for our talents ,long term hard work , and hands on efforts Collectively, we have come so far in the last decade with not only our awareness of Autism as a whole but in particular the subject close to my heart of women and girls .
I hope my MBE stands as an example to professionals working with Autistic mother's that we have empathy ,make selfless acts and valuable contributions to their communities and own families .
I hope more adult women feel less afraid to disclose their Autism to friends , colleagues and families so they can find other Autistic women and feel less isolation .
I hope any young girl recently diagnosed or on the diagnosis pathway will read about this MBE and feel empowered by their diagnosis, not ashamed, as they grow to enjoy all the knowledge, safeguarding and understanding that being Autistic in the UK in 2018 and beyond has to offer. You are limitless.
Thank you my daughter's Chloe ,Honey and Cherish for the quiet sacrifices they have made either in our family time , our family finances ,or our family confidentiality, in order to support the cause of Autism and girls, for most, if not all of their own childhoods , with full understanding ,yet without question nor resentment. You're spectacular, selfless, young women.
Heartfelt thanks to my parents Adrian and Cathy Jones for their ,daily , unconditional support, patience and understanding .
Thank you for the charities and organisations that I support and who have supported me in recent years, Scope ,SWAN, Autism Berkshire,Parenting Special Children, ,Include me too ,South Hill Park , RISC , BBC Three , Channel 4 ,Network Autism ,BBC Class Act ,Thames Valley Police , Ann Memmott Independent Autism consultant ,Bracknell Forest Council and course the National Autistic society , in particular Dr Judith Gould of the Lorna Wing Centre for seeing my Autistic challenges and strengths ,in the way only she can and officially diagnosing me at 32, which put my life back on course.
I'd like to be so bold as to extend my sincere gratitude to our Majesty the Queen and Prime minister for such a humbling honour. Which I will learn to make good use of ,in order to benefit many others in the UK.
Although this truly marks how far we have come in last ten years of Autism and girls awareness work ,we still have further to go and also signals quite timely, a starting point of ambitious nationwide, "pocket free" Autism equality , equality of diagnosis regardless of ones financial situation or gender identity, equality in education , employment and more ,so British Autistics can be open without fear of stigma, about their Autism and have no barriers to sharing our often vastly underestimated skills ,talents ,knowledge and experiences to the greater benefit our not only our own quality of life but also the whole country, which we are an essential part of.
I am grateful to be raising my daughter's ,2 of 3 whom are also Autistic ,here in the UK ,and I wouldn't change being born British and being born Autistic for the entire world, in fact , I don't think I'd be an MBE if it wasn't for my Autism, as being Autistic has helped me be vastly passionate and committed to one cause for a very long time , which is from today, now cemented as my lifelong commitment and duty.
I dedicate my MBE to the Autistic community old and young ,who, despite having experienced misunderstanding and unkindness remain understanding and kind . I so wish my granddad Stan could have seen this .
Happy 2018 and "Autistic Girl Power "always ,
Carly Jones MBE15 February 2018
On the 30th October 2017 The UKs first All Autistic TED Ed British Autistic was held at Berkshires South Hill park Theatre with 5 Autistic female youth speakers
Phoebe ,Summer ,Jemma ,Izzie and Cherish spoke about their original ideas in relation to Literal Understanding,Humane Horseriding ,Acting Icons,Does one look Autistic? And Sexism in comics.
The girls all spoke with incredible passion ,knowledge and professionalism and their efforts were appreciated by all whom attended .
Here’s to more in the future !13 July 2017
We are overjoyed to be invited and our powerpoint ,photographs and thank you's to Principia and Tim Peake are to be shared at the University of Portsmouth Principia conference on the 2nd November this year with Tim Peake in attendance .
The support and inclusion shown to us by the Principia mission, as a diverse ,home educated voluntary group has been astronomical (pun intended) we are immensely grateful .30 June 2017
In light of the mockery and mistreatment of Miss Watson by the Sun newspaper we have sadly pulled 2 upcoming articles on Autism and Women from being published in the Sun .
Please see coverage of our reasons in the national " i paper " article above .30 June 2017