Suzanne McCabe develops and delivers bespoke training and support for autistic adults throughout South Wales and her passion, commitment and vision is making a difference to many lives.

Designing training for autistic adults and their families to combat feelings of social isolation, she has created and supported weekly social groups. The impact has been overwhelming enabling autistic adults to develop appropriate friendships and relationships and reducing the effects of loneliness and isolation. She says, “Tutoring is more than a job, it’s a way of empowering adults to reach their individual goals even if past learning experiences have made them fearful and self-doubting.”

Suzanne is also instrumental in developing and delivering training to businesses, to provide advice on adapting their environment to support employees and customers with autism. “Many of the adults that I meet feel isolated, misunderstood and frustrated that employers are unable to see the benefits of employing a person with autism.”

Her work has enabled companies like Marks & Spencer to review their access to work procedures and tailored training and advice means that employees have been able to continue their employment through the reasonable adjustments made.

The success of this work has been recognised by DWP who have requested that the training is rolled out. Suzanne now delivers an 8-week Autism Employment Programme in DWP offices throughout Newport, Chepstow, Pontypool and Cwmbran. The sessions focus on CV writing, interview skills and literacy as well as building confidence, social interaction and self-worth.

She says, “Learning happens over a lifetime and is not defined by your first 16 years in education. I aspire to be the best tutor and mentor that I can be, forever learning from the individuals that I meet.”