Sandra Beale-Ellis is a writer, teacher, speaker and successful businesswoman who happens to be autistic, is a doctor of education and has survived childhood cancer and subsequent medical anomalies.
She believes everyone has a story to tell and it's these stories which inspire, motivate and connect us as human beings. With her academic research interests lying firmly in auto-ethnography, and her blogging under the auspices of The Autistic Voice, she has always been completely open with who she is, and never afraid to be truthful to her audience about the highs and lows of her life in autism and beyond. She was clinically diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in 2010.
As well as being a successful author of Autism and Martial Arts: A Guide for Children, Parents and Teachers (found in Publications), she is a well known and successful karate and dance teacher. Her new book Sensing the City: My Autistic Perspective is shortly to be released; and an, as yet untitled, collection of short essays exploring her perspectives of a plethora of lessons learned in her life... so far, using an insightful, honest and witty style, is her current project.
Sandra is a popular speaker for local and national groups, events and conferences, universities, and has a regular 'gig' speaking on the National Autistic Society's Post Graduate Certificate in Autism and Asperger's Syndrome, run in unison with Sheffield Hallam University and has worked with the NAS on the Active for Autism online training module.
Additionally she has been at the forefront of national martial arts governance over the past twenty five years, is an experienced systems manager and auditor, and manages to find time to work with local and international charities including Opening Your Heart to Bhutan, a local and Bhutan based charity which works with a school for disabled children, and other village projects in South Bhutan.
She is happily married and lives in a semi-rural idyll with her husband Joe, their two fur babies, Holly and Rosie (yorkshire terriers), and a myriad of feathered and scaly creatures. Over the past few years, she has forayed into the world of yoga and simple living and their place in an ever demanding society. She is qualified to foundation level with the British Wheel of Yoga, and is now embarking on an intensive teacher training programme with the Yoga Academy. Her aim is to run a studio specialising in management of anxiety, stress and anger related to medical, emotional and social conditions as well help the physical body.