About Chris Bonnello (Captain Quirk)
Chris Bonnello is a former primary school teacher with Asperger’s Syndrome, who has also worked in special education. He is now a professional writer and speaker on autism issues, and author of autisticnotweird.com.
Bonnello was first assessed for autism in 1989, at the age of four. Despite a damning report into his deficiencies concerning speech, expressive language and social competence, he did not receive a diagnosis since he was not deemed severe enough by 1989 standards.
At the age of ten, he was reported by an educational psychologist as having a “slightly odd personality”. He grew up believing himself to be the weird kid, until his Asperger Syndrome diagnosis finally came at the age of 25. Since then, he has been able to turn his attitude around and define himself by his strengths rather than his weaknesses, and encourages other autistic people to see their own strengths.
Having qualified as a teacher and worked in both primary and special education, he left the profession and launched Autistic Not Weird in April 2015, to share his insights from both a personal and professional perspective. At time of writing (October 2017) autisticnotweird.com has had 1.3 million page hits, and his Facebook community stands at 66,000 followers. He also has growing followings on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. As of July 2017, follower support on Patreon allowed him to quit his day job to write for Autistic Not Weird.
Bonnello delivers talks nationwide (with international aspirations), has played chess internationally (not necessarily winning), captains his local Boys’ Brigade company, and published his first book in 2016.
His personality remains slightly odd.
Chris Bonnello is an autism speaker, available to lead talks and training sessions from the perspective of an autistic former teacher. For further information please click here (opens in new window).
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