What is the CHP?

The Curly hair Project (CHP) is an award-winning social enterprise founded by autistic author and entrepreneur Alis Rowe. Our resources are used by individuals, families and professionals all over the world.

  • Endorsed by the world’s leading psychologist in autism, Professor Tony Attwood
  • As featured on BBC Radio 4

All our work is based on personal, real-life examples and experiences.

Not just for girls!

The services and products we provide are:

How it came to be

The Curly Hair Project was founded by Alis Rowe. Alis has ASD but wasn’t diagnosed until adulthood. She spent her whole life feeling really isolated and ‘different’ and doesn’t want anyone else to have these feelings.

Autism and females

Lots of people are quite unaware of how autism presents in women. There are lots of women out there struggling and they perhaps don’t know why. Alis being open about it has already helped thousands of girls and women and their families around the world.


The Curly Hair Project resources are:

  • working with the NHS Healthy London Partnership
  • on the recommended reading list for GPs
  • on the recommended reading list for people post-diagnosis
  • used by psychiatrists, GPs, psychologists, counsellors and other health professionals
  • used by teachers and support staff
  • endorsed by the leading psychologist in ASD, Professor Tony Attwood
  • recommended resources by the Association of Colleges

“I refer all my patients to Alis’ work and it really really helps them. She makes a massive difference.” – Psychiatrist

“I saw a family and the mother was in a terrible state. I mentioned for her to go and look at Alis’ work. When she came back for their next appointment, she had bought several books, subscribed to the website, gone to a workshop, and said it had completely transformed her relationship with her child. Suddenly she understood her child and their family life was transformed!” – Psychiatrist

What makes our work different

  • Based on real life, personal experiences
  • We teach people how to really apply the theory we teach about autism
  • A very ‘inclusive’ approach – supporting all people in developing communication and relationships
  • We don’t expect the rest of the world to change to fit in with the autistic person – we want everyone to adapt and work together!
  • We aim to help autistic people learn to understand themselves and their needs and ultimately be able to self-manage
  • Our work is all about acceptance, understanding and empathy for different world experiences
  • We can offer differentiated learning because Alis is on the autistic spectrum herself


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We’re often asked for recommendations of organisation and individual professionals who have some experience in ASD.

Here is our small directory of the people that we know across the UK.