Dr. TC Waisman


TC is an Indigenous Pasifika, South East Asian, Nepalese, and Asian woman born in Fiji and living in Canada. She completed her doctoral degree through the University of Calgary studying leadership, policy, & governance. TC received her master’s degree in leadership and training in 2005 through Royal Roads University and she has been an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified coach since 1998.

TC has coached and trained leaders predominantly in government, healthcare, and education since 1998. As a result of her late autism diagnosis at 48-years-old, TC’s career evolved to include research and work that centres around autism. TC focused her doctoral research on how higher education leaders, faculty members, and professional staff can enhance services and outcomes for Autistic students in higher education. Along with Dr. Kristen Gillespie-Lynch, TC is currently co-leading a cross-institutional collaborative study on autism & Universal Design (UD) for faculty. TC is also developing a series of online asynchronous micro-trainings on autism and UD for leaders, faculty, and staff of higher education institutions. The micro-trainings will expand into healthcare and the organizational setting and will be available for leaders, supervisors, managers, employees, stakeholders, and end-users.

TC is a coach, speaker, trainer, and consultant who triages policies and practices that affect marginalized, disabled, and LGBTQ+ communities. She utilizes her lived-experiences to assists organizations to use evidence-based best practice to improve equity, diversity, and inclusivity in their culture. Currently, TC is the primary author of a cross-institutional collaboration research evaluating autism and UD training for faculty around the world. She has been a part of expert roundtable discussions on structural racism in autism research & practice and the effects of COVID-19 on Autistic communities in aggregate settings.  

Since her diagnosis in 2017, TC has co-founded the Autistic Researchers Committee (ARC) at the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR); spoken on autism related topics across Canada; published academic literature on autism; been appointed an editorial board of the scientific journal Autism in Adulthood; become a member of the Autistic Researcher Review Board of the Autism Intervention Research network for physical health (AIR-P) tasked with allocating funding to relevant autism research, and she was on the advisory board at the Sinneave Family Foundation where she and the advisory team designed the online Autism College Prep Program for Autistic individuals transitioning from high school to post-secondary education.

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