An autistic keynote speaker aiming to spread the message of autism to everyone. This is the small section of the internet dedicated to me, myself and I - enjoy!
My name is Michael Barton and I'm the author of "It's Raining Cats and Dogs" and "A Different Kettle of Fish", both published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. I'm also an E-commerce Data Analyst for Dennis Publishing and patron of CASPA - Life with Autism - a charity based in South East London that runs youth clubs for young people on the autism spectrum.
I'm an experienced speaker on autism, Asperger's syndrome and neurodiversity, having given over 100 talks to date and been featured around the media from Channel 4, the BBC and the Week Junior to the New Scientist magazine. I've also spoken alongside world-renowned speakers such as Wenn Lawson, Luke Jackson and Professor Simon Baron-Cohen.
I've featured numerous times on the main stage at the Autism Show with top professionals and I give talks at conferences, workshops, shows, schools and training sessions across the UK about my experiences of being at the high functioning end of the autism spectrum. I focus on the positive aspects of being autistic, which gives people a more optimistic view of the future.
In my spare time I'm an accomplished musician, playing jazz piano, bass guitar, drums and percussion (including spoons) with a variety of bands. On top of that I'm a black belt in judo and I enjoy rock climbing.