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Who am I ?

My Name is Larry Arnold, or to those who prefer more formal title Dr Laurence Benjamin Arnold and I was born and educated in Coventry U.K. 

I am currently the principal editor for the Autreach Press. Sometime fomerly to this I was a photographer trading as Larry Arnold Communications. and before that carer and personal assistant to my mother Mary Arnold.

I define myself as a divergent thinker, though others may say that this difference is due to my having Aspergers Syndrome which is a form of Autism

If you want to know more about Asperger's Syndrome you can follow that up with the links at the bottom of this page. As Einstein another divergent thinker might have said it is all relative anyway, on my web site I am the one eyed King Laurentius Rex.
The Quotation is from H.G. Wells and refers to the fact that anyone with an advantage over his neighbours no matter he still be half blind, will prosper by it after all as another proverb says: "there is none so blind as he who will not see".

For most of my adult life I was a carer, but more recently I have been a photographer and sometime freelance copy writer, having had an interest in journalism and writing stemming from my time at Warwick University, working on the students newspaper. Later in my career I produced the popular “Trunk Calls” newsletter for disabled people which ran for a period of about 14 years. 

I have served in a wide range of voluntary commitments, for instance I was the first diagnosed person to be elected onto the board of the National Autistic Society having been on the council before that. I have also been the members representative for the West Midlands region of RADAR (Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation) and am proud to have chaired the Coventry Council of Disabled People having held various positions in the past starting as the original Secretary from 1983 - 85. As one of the founder members I was instrumental in raising the organisation from its beginnings as a minor offshoot of the Coventry Voluntary Services Council to some prominence. 

At another time I completed a term on the Coventry Community Health Council, the patients watchdog for the City, and served on the management committee of the Coventry Law Centre which provides welfare advice for disadvantaged people.

Some years ago I was also director of the now extinct Coventry Resource and Information Service where my particular expertise lay in community printing. During my time with C.R.I.S. I was co-instigator and advisor on various other research projects undertaken between C.R.I.S. and other organisations. 

Before that I was one of the first people in Coventry to recognise the importance of computers for the voluntary sector and made pioneer use of databases, direct mailing and information technology, programming in basic on an Epson HX20!

In the course of my work I have written, researched and produced various directories for the Coventry Council of Disabled People and others, in addition to having been the author of various reports and papers on transportation some of which have been presented at national and even international fora. 

I frequently presented at numerous conferences, both national and international, including as a keynote speaker at Manchester Metropolitan University.

In addition I have produced videos on behalf of the C&W Neurodiversity Group.

In 2005 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

I am currently a member of the advisory panel to the National Autism Project and a director of Autism UK ltd. The national autistic societies brand and commercial development sub committee.

My involvements in autism, have included: -

I hold the following qualifications in Autism from the University of Birmingham:

  • Cert HE Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • PG Cert special education (Autism Adults)

In addition to my PhD in Education, and post graduate, and higher education certificates in Autism, I hold qualifications in delivering adult education and teaching in higher education and l have lectured and presented widely in the UK.

Outside of my deep personal commitment to disability rights, I am an amateur musician (self taught) and a supporter of environmental causes. As a member of the William Morris Society I am keen to bring the flavour of Morris’s own enthusiasm into everything I am involved in. My other hobbies include photography and computer graphics (1 honourable mention in the Corel World Design Contest and runner up in a logo design competition). I am also a poet, and an artist..

and my linked in profile here: Linked In Profile
Some information regarding the concept of Neurodiversity and how it relates to me Neurological Difference Page,
an album of what I look like now and what I have looked like. Photographs of me
and finally my autobiography, already waiting a decade of updating. My autobiography
Pressing return will always take you to the navigation page of my larger website.  Return to navigation page


Copyright © 1997- 2016 Laurence Arnold FRSA

This Home Page was created on, Sunday, February 16, 1997.
Revised Friday, January 30, 1998, Tuesday, October 28th 1998,
Tuesday May 4th 1999, Tuesday November 9th 1999,
Monday December 27th 1999, Tuesday February 6th 2001
Thursday May 29th 2003
Sunday December 7th 2003
Friday 1st July 2005
Saturday 18th August 2008
Sunday 5th October 2008
Saturday 15th January 2011
Most recent revision 5th March 2016
This page has now been here for over 10 Years !

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