An inspirational learner helping others to understand autism

Hayden Larder

Hayden Larder, aged 25, was diagnosed with autism aged 16. She has been a learner with us for some years and has learned English, maths, food hygiene, and British Sign Language, among other things.


Hayden moved on from her learning with us to take up a place at a specialist college in Oswestry, but she calls in to see us whenever she's home. While there, she's been training in hospitality and catering, and working part time on a work experience placement at Tesco.

Hayden has also been busy helping to produce a training resource aimed at families, care providers, and staff in schools and charities to help understand and adjust after a child has been diagnosed with autism.

Hayden says:

"My name is Hayden and I struggle to learn as I have autism, dyslexia and ADHD. I have done lots of voluntary work in nurseries, schools, shops and cafes. Learning has made me more open to new ideas and skills and more confident. I have helped to write a training pack about autism called 'Understanding autism − Postcards from Aspie World' published by Pavilion Press. I hope it helps professionals and families understand people with autism. I will keep on volunteering and taking more adult education classes so I can widen my knowledge and maybe get a job."

Suzanne at our Glossop Adult Community Education Centre says,

"she is a larger than life character, who lightens the room when she comes in (sometimes so brightly you can't see!)."

Hayden says:

"The teachers and staff at Glossop Adult Education Centre are brilliant!"

You can read more about Hayden's postcards in this article published in ITV news (opens in a new window).