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Emma Hanley BA (Hons) BSc, MSc

Network Co-ordinator for Education

Autism Network Scotland

Emma is a speech and language therapist by profession, specialising in the field of autism. She has worked in a variety of contexts and before taking on the role of Network Co-ordinator, she worked for a number of years with Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) based in Sydney. Here she worked as an Early Intervention specialist, supporting families in rural and remote areas. She was also part of research team at Aspect, as a Research Assistant. On her return, she worked as a specialist speech and language therapist at Grange School, a centre of excellence for young people with autism and learning disabilities in inner-city Manchester.

Autism Network Scotland is based at the University of Strathclyde and is funded by the Scottish Government to support the implementation of the National Autism Strategy and Local Area autism plans. Emma currently leads on programmes which facilitate knowledge exchange in the field of autism; build capacity within main stream services and support the development of communities of practice across Scotland. Having recently completed research into wider engagement and coproduction in autism policy development, she is currently collaborating with the Scottish Drugs Forum to develop an app to help young people with autism to ‘Keep Safe, Have Fun, Stay Out of Trouble’


Dunlop, A.W. & Hanley, E. (2013). Autism Network Scotland: networking for autism in Scotland today. In: Good Autism Practice. The Scottish Perspective. 14,



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