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National Diversity Awards Nominee: Olley Edwards

In addition to being a full time single mother of three daughters, Olley Edwards is a part-time model, actress, film-maker, author, and is also the co-founder of Autism Women Matter. Her road towards being shortlisted for the National Diversity Awards 2014 began in 2012 when she started raising awareness in how autism can look different in females.

Olley’s desire to raise awareness not only came as a result of having two daughters with autism, but also because she was convinced that she suffered from the condition herself (despite being told by a doctor that she could not be autistic, as “autistic people cannot act” – lo and behold, despite the lack of support and unanswered questions, Olley has since been officially diagnosed with autism).

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