The Lifetime Achievement Award – Rev. Dr. John Gillibrand

Rev. Dr. John Gillibrand imageRev. Dr John Gillibrand, has two sons, one of whom has autism. John lives
near to Carmarthen and is a vicar in a local parish in the county. John has
lived and worked in North Wales and Bridgend. Over the past two decades John
and his wife Jill have been staunch supporters and advocates for people with
autism and their families. During this period of time John has often taken
the cause of autism to both the Welsh Assembly and to Westminster and also
to the church where he received support and encouragement from the former
Archbishop of Canterbury , Dr Rowan Williams.

In 2003 John set up the Cross Party Autism Group in the National Assembly of
Wales, which still runs successfully some 10years later. John has been
frequently seen and heard talking about autism, including the journey that
he and his family have travelled over the years with a child and now young
adult with autism, both on TV and radio and especially in the Welsh language

In 2010 Jessica Kingsley Publishers produced John’s book “Disabled Church -
Disabled Society: The Implications of Autism for Philosophy, Theology and
Politics”. This book has been shortlisted for the 2013 Michael Ramsey Prize
for Theological Writing which will be awarded on 27th and 28th May 2013 at
the Telegraph Hay Festival.

John therefore for his long support for families with autism, for his
political lobbying, for his raising of the profile of autism in the media,
and for his writings, John Gillibrand should be considered for the life-time
achievement award