Research and Policy Analyst at Autism New Zealand
Matt is an advocate for Autism and aims to transform how society views disability and impairment. He is a member of the Disabled Person’s Assembly National Executive Committee and has chaired the New Zealand Autism Spectrum Disorder Guideline Implementation Advisory Group. As a member of the National Reference Group, Matt is working on implementing a new model of disability support services for New Zealand. He cares about Government autism funding going to autistic adults (ie, in addition to the current focus on the needs of autistic children). He wants to see more funding and support directed at transitioning, whether that transitioning be the classic situation of moving into work and independence after high school, or lesser appreciated areas of common transitioning (between living accommodations, for instance). Matt believes we need to be more honest about transition needs, less judgmental about those who need the help and begin transitioning processes earlier than they currently begin.