Alis Rowe

“Alis is one of the greatest female Asperger’s Syndrome advocates there is. Anyone who reads her work will testify to this.”

Hello, welcome to my website. My name is Alis and I am the founder of the curly hair project, a social enterprise based in the United Kingdom.

I have lived in London my entire life. I have a 1st class chemistry degree and a Masters.

I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when I was 22. After struggling to find relateable, uplifting material for – and about – adult women with ASD, I decided to create my own. My social enterprise, the curly hair project, was formed in 2013 and is now an award winning organisation known worldwide. I am a successful, acclaimed author and my books have been endorsed by leading clinical psychologist, Professor Tony Attwood.

I have combined all of my interests and strengths to create an all-round, holistic organisation accessible to everyone through all the different media: blog articles, posters, social media, books, podcasts, videos, mobile applications, workshops, seminars, training, 1:1 support, etc. I absolutely love the concept of social enterprises – being able to make a living doing what I love to do and, at the same time, changing the lives of others. I think it is the perfect solution for everyone and, if there were more social enterprises, the world would be a better place.

I have an emerging record of conference presentations and publications. I have been invited to speak at conferences all over the UK and have written and published books under my avatar ‘the girl with the curly hair’. I have been interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour and LBC. I have been featured in Marie Claire and Healthy magazine.

Amongst the many dreams of mine, I really want to drive social change and ultimately make life more adaptive for people on the autistic spectrum – and I do this through the girl with the curly hair. I am well known in my field and have been granted numerous awards for being a successful young entrepreneur.


My favourite hobby is Olympic weightlifting (snatch and clean & jerk), which I do 6 or 7 times per week. I have been coached for several years and, although I am very good at it, I have no interest in competing. My website about my experiences of lifting is called The Lifting Place.

I am a personal trainer.

Marketing, website development and SEO:

My other company is called Lioness Marketing. We build websites and manage marketing campaigns for a select number of clients. Our services include designing web interfaces, front end development of web pages, development and optimisation for mobile and tablet devices, development of custom WordPress themes, web forms, payment API integration, usability testing; search engine optimisation, Google Adwords campaign creation and management, social media management, email marketing campaigns, online PR, blogging, and design of marketing materials.

We can also create and manage comprehensive marketing plans, combining online media and offline, traditional exposure for your brand.

the girl with the curly hair


BSc Chemistry First Class and MChem
3 A levels (Computing, Chemistry, Physics)
2 AS levels (Maths, Biology)
10 GCSEs


Olympic weightlifting*, cycling, reading novels, listening to audio books, reading non-fiction autism spectrum literature, cycling, cats, Black Russian Terriers, web design and development

My website about weightlifting is called The Lifting Place.

“Alis is one of the most ‘on point’ people I read concerning anything to do with ASD!”