Damian E M Milton


Ashford, Kent

E-mail: damianmilton.sociology@yahoo.com


Personal information



I work for the National Autistic Society as Autism Knowledge and Expertise Consultant, and as a Lecturer in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent, and as Project Leader for the National Autistic Taskforce. I also chair the Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC). I hold a number of academic qualifications in a range of subjects: Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology, Education, and have a number of years of experience as a lecturer in both FE and HE.  My interest in autism began when my son was diagnosed in 2005 as autistic at the age of two.  I was also diagnosed with Asperger’s in 2009 at the age of thirty-six.

Work experience


Project Leader - National Autistic Taskforce - 2018-present.

Autism Knowledge and Expertise Consultant - National Autistic Society - 2018-present.

Lecturer in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - Tizard Centre, University of Kent - 2017-present.

Research Assistant and Hourly Paid Lecturer – London South Bank University – 2014-present.


Head of Autism Knowledge and Expertise - National Autistic Society - 2015-2018.

Research Fellow - University of Birmingham - 2016-2018.


Team member of complex needs project - Autism Education Trust - 2015-2016.


Team member for the early year’s education project – Autism Education Trust – 2013-2014.


Team member for the parent’s standards project – Autism Education Trust – 2013-2014.


Visiting Lecturer – Autism Centre for Educational Research (ACER) – University of Birmingham – 2011-present.


Ask Autism Lead Autism Consultant – National Autistic Society – 2012-2014.


Visiting presenter – ATLASS Masterclass, Studio 3 – 2013-2014.


Visiting lecturer – Learning Disabilities – University of Manchester – 2013-2014.


Committee member of Autistic-UK – 2012-2013.


Online ‘Community Champion’ – ‘Talk about Autism’ website forum (voluntary role) – 2010-2013.


Team member for the competency framework research project – Autism Education Trust – 2012.


Team member for the development of training materials for educational practitioners working with pupils on the autism spectrum – Autism Education Trust – 2012.


Sessional Lecturer in Sociology – University of Kent – 2007-2008.


Lecturer in Sociology and Academic Skills – Mid-Kent College – 2004-2008.


Field Researcher – MORI – 2002-2003.


Teaching Assistant – University of Reading (Sociology department) – 2000-2001.

Professional memberships


Member – Programme Board – Autism Education Trust - 2012-2016.


Member – British Psychological Society.


Member – Institute for Learning.


Member – British Sociological Association.


Member – King’s College Autism Ethics Group.


Member – Scientific and Advisory Committee – Research Autism.


Member – Editorial Team – Autonomy: The Critical Journal of Interdisciplinary Autism Studies.


Member – Editorial Board – Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice.


Member - Editorial Board: Disability and Society.

Fellow - Higher Education Academy



Dr. Kerstin Wittemeyer

Lecturer in Autism Studies

School of Education, University of Birmingham,

Tel: 0121-4158148

Email: k.wittemeyer@bham.ac.uk


Dr. Karen Guldberg

Lecturer in Autism Studies

School of Education, University of Birmingham,

Tel: 0121-4143470

Email: k.k.guldberg@bham.ac.uk

2010 - present

2010 - present



PhD – University of Birmingham – 2009-2016.

Working title: Educational discourse and the autistic student, a study using Q-sort methodology.

MA Education (Autism) - London South Bank University - 2014-206 - distinction awarded.

PGCert Educational research methodology – University of Birmingham - 2009-2010.


PG conversion diploma – Psychology – Open University – 2008-2010 – distinction awarded.


Short courses in Philosophy – University of Oxford – 2008-2009 – 40 credits awarded.


PGCE Post-compulsory education – Canterbury Christ Church University – 2003-2004.


MA Sociology with special reference to qualitative methods – Goldsmiths College, University of London – 1998-1999.

Distinction awarded for dissertation.


BA (Hons) Sociology – University of Reading – 1995-1998.

Upper Second Class degree awarded.