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Swansea graduate appointed ambassador for autism

Published: Thursday, 11 February 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A university graduate from Swansea has been commended for his appointment as an ambassador for autism. Rhys Jenkins, who shared his experiences of the condition with fellow students, received his MSc in autism and related conditions course only last month.

Rhys also has a law degree, which he attained from Cardiff University. This is where he first started presenting talks to other students on the subject - to help them understand the condition better.

Having been informed he suffered from autism at the age of 16, this is what spurred him on to raise awareness. He was even asked to speak at a public speaker competition at Cardiff University in his second year.

The 24-year-old, who is originally from Skewen, in Neath said: “I found out about a public speaking competition being held in the university, and I decided to enter. I have always been quite confident, and it seemed like a good opportunity to test my public speaking skills.”

He added that he enjoyed the experience and was driven to want to raise awareness of the condition – something he has continued to do since. 

Raising awareness of autism

After gaining his law degree, Rhys took the decision to learn more about autism and applied to Swansea University, one of the only UK education institutions to offer an MSc in autism and related conditions.

“Swansea and Newport are the only places to offer the course and as I know Swansea better than I know Newport and have family who live nearby, I decided to apply for the course,” Rhys said.

He explained that the course provided him with a platform to talk about the condition, which meant other students were also able to benefit.

Rhys is also developing a company called Autvantage, which was commended during Global Enterprise Week and at the Swansea start-up weekend event.

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