“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 live in London. 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 much information about adult women on the autistic spectrum, I decided to find and create my own information. My social enterprise, the curly hair project, was formed in 2013 and is now an award winning organisation known worldwide that supports people on the autistic spectrum and the people around them. 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, animations, workshops, seminars, training, counselling, 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.
We have spoken at conferences all over the UK. I have been interviewed on BBC Radio 4 and I have been featured in national magazines.
Amongst the many dreams of mine, I really want to drive social change and ultimately make life a bit less difficult 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.
BSc Chemistry First Class and MChem
3 A levels (Computing, Chemistry, Physics)
2 AS levels (Maths, Biology)
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.
“your commitment and dedication in sharing your experiences, your thoughts and feelings indeed changes the hearts and minds of all of us who read your posts and blogs. You teach professionals through your training programmes and your books. Your skills in raising awareness alter the mind set of people world wide. Above all, you continually help me to understand my darling grandson more and more every day. A thank you never seems enough, but I do thank you hugely. I send you boundless blessings every day x”
“Thank you for all you have done and do Alis. Have been following you since the beginning, and you will never know how much help you have been to me and my family, and how much you helped me to change my own opinion of myself.”
“I am in awe of how much you have done for raising awareness of ASD in girls for me and the world at large. Without you I’d have been in the madhouse long ago. You have helped me understand my daughter and son better than majority of the copious websites & pages I have spent researching in 14yrs. Kudos to you. Our Angel xx”