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Susan Fletcher BSc (Hons) Co-Founder and Director of Autism Communication Stategies. -  Susan has been an advocate for vulnerable individuals working in the community as Social policy coordinator for the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB). with a back ground in Psychology Susan also has extensive experience in research and a comprehensive understanding of social skill intervention programmes.  Susan not only has academic understanding but also has over 15 years personal experience of Autistic Spectrum Conditions, as the Mother of a child on the spectrum and firmly believes that with appropriate support, every child can reach and achieve their full potential. Formal qualification/training include: BSc Hons)  Psychology (BPA accredited), Health/Social Care, Understanding Communication, Level 3 T&EA/PTLLS, LEGO Therapy/Training, NSPCC Safeguarding, ASD Communication strategies and ADHD Skills building training.

Emran Ali, BA. Co-Founder and Director of outreach programmes and Training co-ordinator - Emran has worked in the care sector for many years advocating for people with special needs. His professional and academic understanding of SENs is bolstered by his personal experience of raising a son with complex needs. Emran believes wholeheartedly in the idea that early intervention, education and support are vital to help children reach their full potential. Since graduating Emran has continued to train and develop his understanding of the needs of children on the spectrum. Formal qualifications/training include: (BA Hons) Philosophy Theology & Ethics, Level 3 Award in Education and Training, NSPCC Child Protection & safeguarding, ASD communication strategies and ADHD skills building.

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The skin as an antisocial organ. - Connor Haggarty


My PhD project is looking how individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) process the emotional qualities of touch. During this project I will investigate the role that gentle touch plays in the development of the social brain and the changes in social behaviour in ASD. Our research will involve the application of gentle stroking touch through the use of a brush, gloved hand, or robotic stroking arm to the hand, forearm or shoulder of adults and children with ASD. Using a range of techniques that measure physiological responses to touch (such as uncontrolled brain activity) we will be able to understand how individuals with ASD process the social value of touch and whether this is different from neurotypical participants. Using this information we can identify the role that emotional social touch plays within ASD.




Audrey Macklin BA (Hons), MA, CCETSW- Consultant/Specialist Advisor in child protection and safeguarding policies - Audrey is a proud mum with 3 adult sons and a growing number of grandchildren, she is a qualified social worker and currently works within a fostering team for a local authority. Since graduating Audrey has worked in Children’s services, including Child Protection and Fostering and Adoption services working within the legal framework and guidance alongside local authority policies and procedures.  Audrey has worked with many children within the Local Authority care system, who have Autism and are on the Autistic Spectrum and has liaised closely within the multi agency framework, with schools and education, police and health professionals, families and carers to ensure that every child is afforded the opportunity to achieve to their true potential. Through family and 18 years professional experience Audrey understands that there are many aspects of risk for children in particular as they are unaware of potential danger, and are often unable to express their distress if they are hurt or unhappy.  

*Audrey is a respected and valued member of the team and we are extremely grateful for her time and advice which she so kindly donates.


JMU - Current research

Pain in ASD - Sarah Vaughan


The aim of this PhD project is to investigate the pain experiences of individuals with Autism.  This project first aims to establish the response to pain and light touch in adults with ASD using specialised sensory testing.  This will give us understanding into how individuals with Autism experience the sensory world.  Secondly, it will investigate pain in the clinical setting by observing people with ASD in routine dental and medical settings, in order to establish how they behave in response to pain.  Finally, in looking at these expressions, we hope to establish a specific set of ASD pain related behaviours that will assist careers and medical professionals in understanding the communication of pain in ASD.



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Dr David Moore

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

School of Natural Sciences and Psychology



Room 3.28, Tom Reilly Building

Liverpool John Moores University

Byrom Street


L3 3AF


+44 (0)151 904 6328


If you would like any more information or to volunteer for these research project then please contact Dr. David Moore by clicking the link to the right.

'The Godfather' of inspiration for our team

Gerry Kinsella MBE is Chief Executive of Greenbank, a Liverpool-based Charity established in 1983. It focuses on creating opportunities and enhancing the status of disabled and disadvantaged people through education, training, employment, sport and recreation. Gerry is a former Paralympian and a passionate advocate for disability sport. His sporting career includes the 1967 International Stoke Mandeville Games, and the Paralympic Games in Israel, Germany and Canada where he secured Paralympic bronze in Swimming and Track. He also competed in the Commonwealth Games in New Zealand and Scotland, achieving seven golds; he went on to achieve gold in three world Basketball Championships and numerous golds at Stoke Mandeville International games in Pentathlon and Table Tennis over a 15 year period. Gerry continues to organise International sporting competitions for disabled people at Greenbank Sports Academy.    


Gerry Kinsella has been a driving force behind ASC Inclusion, he is our mentor and  an amazing  source of experience and wisdom.  Without his patience and guidence we would never have believed and achieved our ambition of changing mainstream school experience for Autists - one school at a time!  Thanks Gerry :)

ASC Inclusion is a Non profit communinty organisation, the aim of ASC Inclusion is to help children reach their full potential. We work with children, families and other professionals to promote inclusion and the idea that-

'Inclusion is Acceptance, not Just Awaress'.


Falling through the gaps


Some children can feel like they have no hope

Alone and lonely

Not ‘disabled’ enough for help, not ‘abled’ enough to cope.


But with some patience and support

Not filling them with pills

We can help them develop some great life skills.


Misunderstood and dismissed as troublesome

The world can be scary for a child on the spectrum.


We give them the chance to lose all the labels

That makes people think their wild.

Naughty, stubborn, spoilt....all mean nothing

When the only label that counts is child.


At ASC Inclusion, we guard the gaps

We let kids know they are not alone and give them hope

We teach them the skills that will help them cope.

The team

ASC Inclusion also relies on our wonderful volunteers

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If you would like to volunteer for ASC Inclusion, please call- 0151 792 6530

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