Yenn Purkis

Yenn Purkis

Advocate, Author, Mentor, Public service since 2007

Yenn Purkis is an autistic and non-binary author, public speaker and community leader who has a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Yenn works in the autism/neurodiversity, gender diversity and mental health advocacy spaces.
Yenn is the author of ten published books on elements of autism and is a regular blogger. Yenn has been facilitating a support group for women and gender diverse folk on the autism spectrum since 2011.
They were named the 2016 ACT Volunteer of the Year and received the ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Award for Achievement in Inclusion in 2019. Yenn is also a prolific public speaker and has presented at a range of events including at TEDx Canberra in 2013.
Yenn works for the Australian Public Service and lives in Canberra, Australia.