Gill is our Peer Development Worker. She works mainly on the Post-Diagnostic Service and co-facilitates our Women-Aligned Group.
Gill is an autistic socio-legal scholar-activist with a background in community advocacy. She worked for several years as an autism-specific advocate in West Yorkshire, and has taught and published (e.g. Quinn, 2009 and Loomes, 2018) on the development of good practice for autism advocacy – notably with the University of Birmingham, where she held a teaching fellowship for several years and with which she maintains close links.
Gill also has experience as a research consultant for International Non-Governmental Organisations and voluntary sector bodies – including the Autism Education Trust, the International Disability Rights Monitor, and Inclusion London. Her recent scholarly publications address topics relating to autism as a social identity, “autistic feminism”, and the role of research participation and collaboration on the politics of autistic rights. She also has research interests in mental capacity law and the work of the Court of Protection and is particularly interested in the impact of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 on autistic people and autistic community.
Gill is also co-director of the Open Justice Court of Protection Project which was awarded the prize for “Mobilising Research into Action” in the 2021 Real Impact Awards. She is also proud to be a convener of the Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC).
Gill tweets regularly @GillLoomesQuinn (having established a community of autistic scholars under the hashtag #AutisticsInAcademia).