Tom Jackman from St. John’s Newfoundland is chair of the ASD Advisory Committee at Autism Canada, and is also a self-advocate on their board. In 2013, he received a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal to recognize his volunteer work with the Autism Society, Newfoundland and Labrador. He is featured in the film Autism Grows Up, a Kelly Brothers / Ability Hub production, which looks at the employment related challenges of young adults living on the spectrum. He is also featured in the book Autism: The Gift That Needs to Be Opened; a resource aimed at improving the lives of parents, educators, and persons on the autism spectrum. He has a Business Management diploma from Keyin College, and was diagnosed with high-functioning autism (Asperger’s syndrome) at age 29.