Changemakersaathi: Global Leaders and Changemakers
In a world where being neurodivergent is increasingly recognized and celebrated, Tigger Pritchard stands out as a remarkable individual, an inspiring changemaker, and a trailblazer for autistic individuals everywhere. Tigger Pritchard is a globally recognized conference presenter, consultant, trainer, and speaker with a remarkable background. As an Autistic individual, Tigger’s personal and professional experiences have made him a powerful advocate for neurodivergent individuals.
With over thirty-four years of professional experience and a lifetime of being “awesomely autistic” himself, Tigger possesses a unique understanding of what it means to be autistic and the challenges individuals face, allowing him to communicate this insight effectively to support the reduction of anxiety for all.
As an advocate, consultant, and trainer Tigger has dedicated his life to promoting understanding, acceptance, and empowerment for those who are Autistic, particularly those who present with a Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) profile. With a lifetime of being awesomely autistic himself, Tigger brings a unique perspective to his work and serves as a beacon of hope for countless individuals who share similar challenges.
Early Life and Autism Discovery
Tigger Pritchard was born in the UK and from an early age, he felt different. Growing up he found with social interactions, communication, and sensory processing complicated at times because of his Neurotype. Unfortunately, during his early years, autism awareness and understanding were limited, and Tigger’s struggles went unnoticed and misunderstood. This lack of awareness led to feelings of isolation and frustration, making his journey all the more challenging.
A Turning Point: Diagnosis and Acceptance
It wasn’t until Tigger’s later years that he realised he was Autistic, which brought a mix of emotions. On one hand, this identification offered an explanation for his challenges, but on the other hand, it presented a society that still struggled to comprehend and accept neurodivergence fully. Instead of being discouraged, Tigger chose to embrace his autistic self and set out on a mission to advocate for understanding, support, and inclusion for all autistic individuals.
Professional Journey and Expertise
Tigger Pritchard’s professional journey began many years ago supporting individuals in a variety of settings then as a passionate advocate for autism and neurodivergency. His extensive experience in the field has allowed him to witness and actively participate in the evolving landscape of autism awareness. Over the years, he has developed a passion for raising awareness and understanding of Pathological Demand Avoidance, a profile on the autism spectrum that often presents unique challenges related to extreme anxiety and resistance to everyday demands.
As a consultant and trainer, Tigger has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of individuals who are Autistic and with a PDA profile, along with their families, caregivers, and educators. He has collaborated with numerous organizations, schools, and institutions worldwide, promoting best practices and strategies for accommodating and supporting autistic individuals effectively.
Tigger’s work is expansive, as he collaborates with various groups such as individuals, families, corporate organizations, and educational settings on a consultancy basis. This work includes one-on-one sessions to support individuals and families in need, as well as offering his expertise to care facilities, schools, and other establishments. Tigger’s influence extends far beyond Cornwall, his base, as he has the capability to reach families, individuals, or organizations worldwide. His international reach is a testament to his dedication and commitment to spreading awareness and support for autistic individuals everywhere.
Global Recognition as a Conference Presenter and Speaker
As a regular presenter at major organizations and national/international conferences, Tigger has earned a reputation for delivering engaging and informative talks. His presentations are fuelled by passion and a deep commitment to creating a more inclusive society for neurodivergent individuals. Beyond being a presenter, Tigger has also organized conferences, designing Cornwall’s first Pathological Demand Avoidance and online Autism Conferences. Through these events, he has provided platforms for voices that often go unheard, contributing to the advancement of knowledge and understanding within the field.
Tigger Pritchard’s expertise and dedication have earned him global recognition as a sought-after conference presenter and speaker. His presentations are known for their authenticity, empathy, and insightful perspectives. Tigger’s ability to blend personal experiences with evidence-based practices creates a powerful impact, leaving audiences inspired and motivated to create positive change in their communities.
Challenging Stigma and Promoting Acceptance
Tigger’s work as an advocate extends beyond conferences and seminars. Tigger’s journey has been diverse and multifaceted. He has worn many hats, including that of a support worker, advocate, teacher, facilitator, trainer, manager, lecturer, and friend. Each role has contributed to his growth and understanding of the diverse needs of neurodivergent individuals. Tigger acknowledges that the learning process is ongoing, and he continues to embrace new opportunities for personal and professional growth. He actively challenges societal stigmas surrounding autism and advocates for acceptance, not just mere tolerance. By sharing his personal journey and experiences, he shatters stereotypes and misconceptions about autistic individuals, showcasing their incredible strengths and unique perspectives.
Empowering Autistic Individuals
At the core of Tigger Pritchard’s mission is the empowerment of autistic individuals themselves. He firmly believes that understanding and accepting one’s neurodivergence is the key to unlocking one’s full potential. Through his workshops and consultations, Tigger provides support and encouragement to autistic individuals, helping them build self-confidence, develop their talents, and navigate the challenges of daily life. Tigger’s dedication to advocacy extends beyond his professional commitments; he is also a passionate volunteer. He actively supports various advocacy and support groups within the autistic and PDA community. Notably, he is involved in running a support group called “PDA Together” on Facebook, which serves as a valuable resource and source of connection for PDAers and their families in the South West. Additionally, Tigger volunteers for local autistic support organizations and a national autistic-led education organization, furthering his contribution to the autism community.
In the digital realm, Tigger has harnessed social media platforms to amplify autistic voices and share valuable information. Through his Podcasts, Instagram, and YouTube accounts, he delves into the diverse world of autistic experiences, providing valuable insights and promoting a deeper understanding of neurodiversity. His online presence under “Bridging the Neurodivide” serves as an invaluable resource for those seeking knowledge and connection within the autism community.
Global Leader and Changemaker
Tigger Pritchard’s journey from a misunderstood autistic child to a globally recognized advocate, consultant, and trainer is nothing short of inspiring. His unwavering commitment to promoting acceptance, understanding, and empowerment for autistic individuals, particularly those with a PDA profile, has left an indelible mark on the world. Tigger’s work continues to pave the way for a more inclusive society that values neurodivergence and embraces the strengths of all individuals. As we move forward, Tigger Pritchard’s legacy will undoubtedly serve as a guiding light for future changemakers in the realm of autism advocacy and beyond.
Tigger is an outstanding figure in the autism advocacy and support landscape. His extensive personal and professional experiences have equipped him with a profound understanding of being Autistic, enabling him to support and empower neurodivergent individuals effectively. Through his consultancy work, conference presentations, advocacy efforts, and digital presence, Tigger continues to be a driving force in promoting inclusion, understanding, and acceptance of autism worldwide. As he continues on his journey of learning and growth, his contributions are sure to make a lasting impact on the lives of countless autistic individuals and their families.
Let’s hear one and only “Tigger Pritchard” in an exclusive and a candid conversation with Shilpi Mayank Awasthi-