Achievements in the autism field

  • 1991, became the first person with diagnosed with autism to become an international bestselling author and the second person diagnosed with autism to have a published autobiography (Nobody Nowhere) in the English language (the other was Temple Grandin).
  • 1992, became one of the first people diagnosed with autism to become a qualified teacher, going on to use this in international work as an autism consultant and trainer.
  • 1994, became the first author diagnosed with autism to have 2 international bestselling autobiographies (Nobody Nowhere and Somebody Somewhere) and the first to have their work published in multiple languages.
  • 1991-2005 became the most widely published author diagnosed with autism in the world (with 9 published books in the field of autism).
  • 1992, started the world's first international autistic run pen pal list and newsleter - ANI (Autism Network International) together with Jim Sinclair and Kathy Lissner-Grant.
  • 1994, became one of the first paid international public speakers diagnosed with autism.
  • 1992-1995 featured as Person of The Week on ABC news and in 3 television documentaries. One of those documentaries, Jam Jar, got nominated for the Mental Health award.
  • 1992-1996 volunteered as an autism consultant throughout the UK.
  • 1996 Autism; An Inside Out Approach becomes the first of four published text books and a bestseller in the field of developmental disabilities, which introduces a 'fruit salad' model of autism that lays the foundations to dramatically alters the way professionals worked with those on the autistic spectrum.
  • 1996 started the Alternative Approaches To Autism consultancy and became one of the world's first professional autism consultants also diagnosed with autism.
  • 1998 Autism and Sensing; The Unlost Instinct becomes published and is the first book by a person diagnosed with autism on the importance of understanding apperception and the system of sensing in autistic individuals.
  • 1999 completed first of three music albums, two songs from which went into an international TV series
  • 2002 was an elected layperson's panel member of the UK Medical Research Council's review into the causes of autism.
  • 2003 Exposure Anxiety; The Invisible Cage becomes the first ever text book by a person diagnosed with autism specifically focusing on co-morbid anxiety and impulse control disorders effecting those on the autistic spectrum
  • 2005 started Auties.org, the first direct to public global self employment networking portal for those with autism and started autism friendly dinner clubs in Melbourne and regular social activities for its members.
  • 2005 The Jumbled Jigsaw; An Insider's Approach to the Treatment of Autism 'fruit salads', provides the first working model for treating the range of co-morbid conditions that can combine to present as autism, laying the foundations for an end to viewing autism as any kind of singular condition and with that calls into question from here on the validity of one-size-fits-all approaches..
  • 2005 wrote the screenplay to the book Nobody Nowhere, about to become a cinema release film
  • 2006 started http://blog.donnawilliams.net which regularly featured autism articles and interviews including promoting the works of teens and adults on the autism spectrum.
  • 2007 had first international exhibition of artworks and became a selling artist.
  • 2008 formed the band, Donna and The Aspinauts, as one of the world's first professional bands featuring predominantly members on the autism spectrum. In 2009 they became one of the world's first fully paid professional bands featuring members diagnosed on the autism spectrum, produced their first album, performed Rock Musicals (written, directed and performed by Donna and backed by The Aspinauts) in theatres in Melbourne and Victoria.
  • 2009 had artworks exhibited at the United Nations, NY, USA as part of the Strokes of Genius exhibition
  • 2010 started Aspinauts For Kids which started children's choirs and music mentoring for children on the autism spectrum.
  • 2011 had artworks exhibited at Carnegie Hall, NY, USA as part of the Strokes of Genius exhibition
  • 2012 had artworks exhibited in Beijing, China, at C-Na Gallery.