About TC Waisman

Since 1998, TC has worked with leaders in large organizations to enhance their leadership capabilities and make consequential changes to their leadership practice. Coaching and training leaders for over 20 years, TC has learned to support her clients’ development using organizational best practices and evidence-based research. TC is an ICF certified coach, she holds a Master’s degree in Leadership & Training, and she is currently undertaking her doctoral degree in leadership in a post-secondary context. Inspired by her late autism diagnosis at 48 years old, her research focuses on how higher education leaders can enhance services and outcomes for autistic students in higher learning. Since beginning her research two years ago, TC has co-founded a not-for-profit society for neurodiverse individuals, spoken on autism related topics, published an academic literature review on autism and the implications for higher learning, and was appointed an editorial board member of the new scientific journal Autism in Adulthood. TC is of Indigenous Fijian and Nepalese origin. She moved to Vancouver in 1976 where she currently lives with Dean her partner of 30 years. TC is a proud mother to her fiercely funny 23-year-old daughter Sunshine and the author of the book 75 Traits of Great Leaders. TC is on target to complete her doctoral degree in 2020.

Autism in Adulthood

I am honoured to be named an Editorial Board member of the new scientific journal Autism in Adulthood. Autism in Adulthood is the hub for research on issues that affect adults on the autism spectrum. 1 in 68 people (CDC, 2018) are diagnosed with autism and it has become the fastest growing developmental disability being diagnosed in the U.S. (CDC, 2008 via Autism Society website). Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) is usually diagnosed in childhood however, more adults today are being diagnosed having lived a lifetime without fully understanding their uniqueness. Autism in Adulthood is proud to have autistic Editorial Board members including myself, and many autistic peer-reviewers. My commitment to scientific autism inquiry extends to my own doctoral research which centres around innovative leadership, policies, and practices that create successful pathways for autistic students in a post-secondary context. Currently I am co-authoring a literature review on Autism and the implications for higher education with Dr. Marlon Simmons of the University of Calgary.

 

Panel discussion

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It was a distinct pleasure being on the panel at Adler University and speaking with the clinical psychologist grad class on all things leadership. A great group of change makers who are ready to put their mark on the world. It was an honour to share time with each of them.

Doctoral degree journey

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15 years after doing my Masters degree I’ve decided to take on my Doctoral degree. I’ve started the journey and I’m excited for the learning opportunity. I am studying leadership in a post-secondary context and my research question is as follows:

Can Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) students experience greater success in higher learning as a result of innovative leadership, policies, and governance?