Welcome to the Yenn Purkis Autism Show, a place where autistic author and advocate Yenn (formerly Jeanette) Purkis speaks with guests who are doing good things in the Autistic and /or Disabled communities.
The guest in this episode is Jen Elcheson. Jen, 37, is a multiply neurodivergent writer, mentor, and secondary school paraeducator from Prince George British Columbia who lives with her two pet snakes, Athena and Lilith. She was identified as autistic/ADHD/and with dyscalculia and motor difficulties at age 17, but did not come to terms with these aspects of her identity until she was 25 and going to vocational school. She has devoted her to life to working with and supporting young neurodivergent learners. Jen’s writing can be found at Spectrum Women online magazine and in the book, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism (Jessica Kingsley,2018). Jen also is a co admin for the Facebook group International Asperwomen, a supportive space for women on the autism spectrum . Jen enjoys reading, listening to metal and rock music, spending time with friends and loved ones, being involved in a few autistic run online boards, writing (duh), documentaries, the social sciences, supporting others, advocacy, animals, and learning everything she can about autism and neurodiversity.