Pierre Violland is an autistic peer support specialist, following a drastic life change after a long career as an engineer in the mechanical industry. Through his participation in AIMS-2-TRIALS as an autism representative, he discovered the meaningfulness of participatory research. He has held for several years the role of moderator in a large French speaking autism community. Now he focuses on providing direct support to autistic people and their families. He also contributes with several stakeholders to improving access to jobs for autistic adults in Switzerland.
The idea of a network gathering a wide diversity of stakeholders, competences and backgrounds towards a common goal is truly exciting. The field of autism needs such bold moves, and I am happy to support this growing network with everything I learnt from autism and my past experiences.