We create a safe working environment for autistic people and people with disabilities or anxiety, to let them use their talents to create products and services for other autistic people and people with disabilities or anxiety. We provide a new pathway to employment, and hope, for our beneficiaries and their support networks.
Funding from Social Enterprise Support Fund, distributed by the School for Social Entrepreneurs, has helped us to restructure, support staff and expand our business. Thanks to National Lottery players for making this possible.
Since 2017, Steve has been developing services that help autistic or disabled young people find employment that engages their talents and meets their interests.
He particularly enjoys working with groups of people with very different perspectives and bringing together these different world views into creating a product or service. It was through this process, involving in excess of 20 autistic people, that What’s It Like? and, later, Autek was born.
Arron is a filmmaker and photographer diagnosed with verbal dyspraxia from a young age. Arron currently runs his own production company, One Way Mirror Films, as well as working with other companies, offering his services.
As someone who suffers from occasional anxiety, Arron is glad to bring first-hand experience of anxiety to his role at Autek and the What’s It Like? application.
Alex is an autistic filmmaker and editor from Southampton who, since 2012, has produced videos for organisations such as Ordnance Survey and the University of Winchester, as well as the charities Autism Hampshire and Healthwatch. Continuing from this work to Autek was a natural progression for Alex, who has worked on What’s It Like? since its inception. A selection of video and photography work can be found at Alex’s website lexicafilms.co.uk
Logan is a high performing graduate of creative media production. Skilled in filmaking, sound design, editing, animation and storyboarding, his efforts with Dimensions won multiple national awards for making significant changes to autism friendly cinema. He knows how to communicate through different mediums, speaks multiple languages and knows basic BSL.
Everyone deserves to have their voice heard so he was happy to work for Autek if it meant reducing anxiety for people on the autism spectrum, such as himself, as well as helping to make venues more open and accessible to those with a range of different needs.
Andrew took an interest in filmmaking as a child, and was formerly known to many on the web as “Gameking53” when making gaming related videos on YouTube from 2007-2011.
He’s made several no budget films over time as a way to develop his knowledge and skillset, and began working as a freelance filmmaker in 2014, filming and editing content for numerous clients such as Nutkhut and Spiral Blue, before joining Autek in 2021.
Since 2014 he has struggled with epilepsy, with his current seizure frequency standing at 15-20 per month, and is currently pursuing brain surgery as a form of treatment.
Louis has been a filmmaker since 2008, and is a graduate of Bsc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting from University of Portsmouth, as well as a self-taught video editor, director and producer, with a horrible coffee addiction and an obsession with Doctor Who.
Louis enjoys watching videos and TV, playing video games and Dungeons & Dragons. Louis has a bunch of useless knowledge about TV shows, and pub quiz trivia.
Senior Video Producer
Video Director & Producer
Project Manager & Access Officer
Laura is a disability advocate and dance practitioner currently based in Devon. She is also a doctorate student at the University of Plymouth, conducting PhD research that explores creative arts practices for neurodivergent students. As an autistic ADHDer, Laura is dedicated to supporting the disabled community and creating a more accessible and inclusive world. In her spare time Laura enjoys playing her ukulele, eating cake and collecting badges.
Kieran is an actor, director and writer with an MA in Performance Training, at the University of Plymouth.
He is specifically interested in creating performances for disabled actors and hopes to make education and employment a more inclusive place for disabled people, while enabling them to follow their interests and show their skills in creative and interesting ways.