Coming from a family of eight, many of whom are also on the spectrum, Luke grew up around Autism from a very young age. Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and Dyspraxia himself, he decided to write about his experiences with a view to helping people who live with it too.
Growing up born into a family of eight, many of whom were on the Autism Spectrum themselves, meant Luke gained first-hand experience of what it was like to live with Autism and related conditions. From this experience and his own research, Luke looked at how symptoms of Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD and other related conditions manifest, and how some of the more stressful parts can be alleviated. Now in his mid-twenties and currently based in the North of England, he shares his time between writing books and speaking at conferences on the subject of Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome and relevant interventions.
The talks and the books both share a common thread; Autism is not a disease or a condition. To quote Freaks, Geeks and Asperger’s Syndrome, ‘difference is cool’, and this is a message that’s crucial to changing the way people think about Autism.
After the highly successful (grossing 2.7 million viewers,) BBC documentary ‘My Family and Autism’, narrated by Luke, him and his family were the focus of the acclaimed television drama ‘The Magnificent Seven’, starring Helena Bonham Carter.