Nicole Rogerson is the CEO of Autism Awareness Australia and director of the Lizard Children’s Centre. She is a frequent public speaker on autism and often appears in the media advocating for families with children on the spectrum. She is a passionate advocate for evidence-based interventions and funding support for ASD children and adults.
Nicole left a career in marketing and public Relations in 1999 when her son was diagnosed with autism. She established the Lizard Centre in 2003, now Australia’s largest and most respected provider of early intervention programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Nicole is also the founding Director and CEO of Autism Awareness Australia, a national not-for-profit organisation providing national education programs that promote understanding of ASD, and supporting and advocating for the needs of individuals on the spectrum and their families.
Nicole sat on the federal government’s Autism Advisory Board and continues to work for better access and government support for evidence-based intensive early intervention programs for children with autism. She has presented her work at the United Nations in New York, in 2011 and 2013.