Dr Aimee Grant
Aimee is Autistic, Disabled and a wheelchair user. She has always been strongly committed to social justice and is currently employed as a Senior Lecturer and Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow at Swansea University School of Health and Social Care. In this role she works collaboratively with Autistic people to understand reproductive health “from menstruation to menopause”, with the aim to improve the accessibility of healthcare.
Aimee worked as a care support worker for Autistic people and an auxiliary nurse, before studying for her undergraduate as a mature student. She has a PhD in social policy (Cardiff University, 2011), which focused on the lived reality of welfare reform for Disabled people when Employment and Support Allowance replaced Incapacity Benefit.
Aimee has also researched marginalised pregnancy and early motherhood for the past decade, including those living in poverty, stigmatised locations and Disabled women. She is the author of two Documentary Analysis texts (Routledge, 2019; Policy Press, 2022), and is currently writing The Autism Friendly Guide to Pregnancy (and the fourth trimester) for Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Aimee is the chair of the Autistic Women in Academia Support Network, co-chair of the Autistic Health Research Network and the research lead for the Maternity and Autism Research Group.