Michael Barton is in full time employment as a Data Analyst and a sought-after keynote speaker on autism and neurodiversity.
He is an experienced speaker, having been featured around the media from Channel 4 and the BBC to the New Scientist magazine, and has even given a TEDx talk. He focuses on the positive aspects of being autistic, which gives people a more optimistic view of the future.
Michael Barton is the author of three published books. It’s Raining Cats and Dogs, A Different Kettle of Fish and What Has Autism Ever Done For Us?
In his spare time, Michael Barton is an accomplished musician, playing jazz piano, bass guitar, drums and percussion (including spoons) with a variety of bands. On top of that he is a black belt in judo and enjoys skiing and rock climbing.
He is also patron of CASPA – Life with Autism – an award-winning charity based in South East London that provides a support and social hub for autistic people and their families.
In 2014 he completed his Physics degree at the University of Surrey.
Drawing on over 30 years’ lived experience as an autistic person, Michael is uniquely positioned to offer insights and perspectives that are both illuminating and transformative.
He gives talks at conferences, events, schools, businesses and training sessions globally about his personal experiences of autism and also advises companies on their Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) policies surrounding neurodiversity. His main talks focus on the positive aspects of being autistic, which give people a more optimistic view of the future and break down the barriers autistic and neurodivergent people face.
Michael can also cover a variety of topics, from strategies to help overcome difficulties he has faced as a child, to the world of employment and most of what’s in between.
"Wonderful talk, I really appreciate your positive outlook! :)"
"Great talk Michael!" "It was Wonderful, thank you Michael."
"As a parent of a neurodivergent child you have given me hope!"
— James Hutton Institute, Autism Acceptance Week, March 2023
"A great session. Michael engaged the audience by sharing his lived experiences and his effective use of humour. Most importantly he clearly articulated key messages. Everyone is individual; ensure strengths are valued and given opportunities to develop further.
— Billing Brook School, Neurodiversity Celebration Week, March 2023
"This was a fantastic talk, and very insightful, thank you very much!"
"An exceptional talk!"
— Brands2Life, January 2023