Assert Trustees

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Anya Ustaszewski

Hi, I’m Anya and I’m on the autism spectrum. By day, I’m a database system admin and outside of office hours, I’m a composer, trainer and conference speaker.

I’m currently the Chair of ASSERT and I really enjoy working alongside the other Board members and ASSERT’s staff team. I believe there should be equality for all autistic people and hope that in some small way, I can help to one day make this a reality.

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Jane Frost

In 2002 myself and four other people founded ASSERT   having identified a lack of any support provision for adults with High Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome in the Brighton and Hove area

Having been previously run by volunteers, ASSERT (B & H) now employs five staff members.

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Debbie Taylor

I have been a trustee with Assert since 2012. I became involved through the support I personally received, in addition to the direct support my son received, who is on the Autistic spectrum. I enjoy making a contribution to the hard working and dedicated staff team who undertake such important and valuable work. I have and continue to find my involvement, as both a trustee and volunteer, both informative and extremely rewarding.

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Rob Howes

Hi – my name’s Rob Howes, and I’m autistic. I work as a Peer Trainer for the Brighton and Hove Recovery College, and when I’m not doing that I enjoy going for cycle rides (but only when the weather’s nice!) I’m looking forward to working with the other ASSERT Board members and the staff team and will endeavour to assist in any way I can.

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Debbie Caulfield

“My Uncle has described me as having gone from a frightened child, who had deafness and was late in learning to speak, to a confident woman who lives independently and owns her own property. I’m standing in front of one of my murals that I had painted on the walls of my flat.”

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Jenny Stone

I have an adult daughter with AS, and have been a trustee with ASSERT since it was launched in 2002. I have actively attended the monthly Support Groups, outings and activities. To a lesser degree I have helped with raising awareness and fundraising when the opportunity has arisen. I have attended talks given by specialists and people on the spectrum e.g. Tony Attwood, Patricia Howlin, Lorna Wing, and Amitta Shah. I try to keep up to date with relevant changes and news regarding autism.

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Phillipa Cook

My name is Phillipa Cook, and I was diagnosed with Asperger/HFA in my early 40s, which is not uncommon in women as we mask it better and it is still seen as primarily a male issue. Through Assert I hope we can support people and educate neurotypicals about us.