Unlocking Potential: Autism in the Workforce

Michael Barton

5:00 PM (EDT) October 11, 2024

Michael Barton

Michael Barton is a thought-provoking keynote speaker on autism, Asperger's syndrome, and neurodiversity. He has toured the UK and been featured in the media, from Channel 4 and the BBC to the New Scientist Magazine. One of his most prominent talks was his TED talk at TEDxOxford in 2023. He is also a patron of CASPA - a charity based in London that runs a social hub for autistic people.

He is the author of three books: It's Raining Cats and Dogs and A Different Kettle of Fish, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, plus his most recent book, What Has Autism Ever Done For Us?

Drawing on over 30 years of lived experience as an autistic person, Michael is uniquely positioned to offer insights and perspectives that are both illuminating and transformative. He gives talks at conferences, events, schools, businesses, and training sessions on a global level, with clients ranging from charities and parent groups to the International School of Geneva and Google. He also advises companies on their Diversity and Inclusion policies surrounding neurodiversity. His talks focus on the positive aspects of being autistic to give people a more optimistic view of the future and break down the barriers autistic people face.

Michael is an accomplished musician who plays jazz piano, bass guitar, drums, and percussion with various bands in his spare time. He is also a black belt in judo and coaches at his local club.