At the age of four, I was diagnosed with autism. “Go home and watch Rain Man,” the specialist told my mother. “In all probability your son will be institutionalised.” Determined to prove the specialist wrong, my mother set out to give her son the best life possible.
Raised in a single parent household and encountering bureaucracy, bullying, and a lack of understanding from many around him, I emerged from a turbulent childhood to win a Welsh National Young Volunteer Award, give speeches on his condition, and secure my dream job as a statistician at Manchester United Television.
After leaving MUTV after eleven and a half years in April 2014, Andrew secured a book deal to write his autistic memoir entitled “I’ve Got a Stat for You-My Life with Autism”. This was following an interview on his life with John Humphrys on BBC Radio Four’s flagship Today Programme on Easter Saturday 2015.
Since publication, “I’ve Got a Stat…” has received glowing testimonials from a wide range of well known personalities including acclaimed Comedian, writer and Broadcaster Stewart Lee, BBC’s Dan Walker, Sky Sports’ Hayley McQueen, Multi Award Winning Broadcaster, Writer and former England Cricket Captain Michael Atherton OBE and Sky Sports Broadcaster and former British & Irish Lion, Will Greenwood MBE.
Andrew has also been featured on BBC Radio Five Live and by the Daily Express.
He is now the author of three published books while he also gives speeches on his life with autism on a nonprofit basis and volunteers looking after the next generation of autistic youngsters.
From Wrexham to Buckingham Palace via The Houses of Parliament, and incorporating stories of The Simpsons, sport, music, and strange smells – my life is a powerful and inspirational tale that shows how determination, a positive outlook, and the will to succeed can overcome all odds!