Natalie joined the DIADS research project taking part in the pilot stage when it started in 2014. She then became a parent representative, encouraging parents of deaf children (with or without a diagnosis of autism) to take part. She later joined the project officially in 2016 as a research assistant, where her lived experience came in useful during the recruitment drive.
Natalie has experience in research from working at the DeafStation project at Bristol University in 2002-3, after leaving Wolverhampton University where she was studying a BSc in Psychology and a BA in Deaf Studies. She spent some time travelling before becoming an Independent Living Support Worker supporting Deaf Adults with Learning Disabilities and Autism.
Natalie then took some time off to become a full- time mother to her two children, before returning to work in 2016.
Natalie has a keen interest in child mental health and is pursuing a career in the near future.
Natalie will be working on both the DIADS research project and the ASSSIST2 project from October 2018.