TC Waisman

TC Waisman

TC is a non-binary Indigenous Pasifika, and Nepalese woman born in Fiji and living in Canada. She is in the final defence stage of 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 ICF certified coach since 1998.

TC coaches and trains leaders predominantly in government, healthcare, and education. She was diagnosed with autism at 48-years-old which resulted in an evolution of her career. TC focused her doctoral research on how higher education leaders, faculty members, and staff can enhance services and outcomes for Autistic students in higher education. From the findings of her research, TC is developing a series of online asynchronous micro-trainings for leaders and staff of organizations to learn about autism and Universal Design (UD) in the organizational and educational settings that benefit all employees, stakeholders, and end-users.

TC is a speaker, trainer, and consultant who triages policies and practices that affect racialized, 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 becoming diagnosed 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 and the implications for higher education; been appointed an editorial board of the scientific journal Autism in Adulthood; become a member of the grant review board of the Autism Intervention Research network for physical health (AIR-P) with $15 million USD to allocate to relevant autism research, and she sits on the advisory board at the Sinneave Family Foundation where they are currently designing the Autism College Prep online training program for Autistic individuals transitioning from high school to post-secondary education.

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