Scott is a musician, writer and public speaker who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at 13.
Since 2009, Scott has been working to raise the profile of Autism through performance and writing; a journey that has taken him across the breadth of the country and across the world. From humble beginnings on ITV’s X Factor, Scott has risen to become one of the most prominent faces and voices of Autism in the United Kingdom as well as an advocate and supporter of Autism organizations around the world.
Scott’s goal is to show the world that while autistic people may be ‘different’, they are not less. Through his music, of which includes the track ‘Through My Eyes’, one of the most prominent Autism music tracks in the world, he often helps to raise funds for charitable organizations worldwide. Scott has found a window of expression through his voice: a voice he will use to raise as much awareness, acceptance and funds for Autism as he can.
As with Carly, Scott released an album, ‘Spectrum’, with The Heroes Project in 2013. The organization aims to support people with learning disabilities through a wide range of activities and also runs it’s own radio station, LDOK.
Scott was recipient of the 2012 ‘Performing Arts’ award at the International Naturally Autistic People Awards, based in Vancouver, Canada. Alongside that, he also represented the United Kingdom at the Autism-Europe International Congress in Budapest, Hungary and worked with Autism organizations and TV stations in Bucharest, Romania in 2013.
At the age of three, Carly was diagnosed as being on the Autistic Spectrum. Carly is a member of two mainstream choirs, The Oldham Community Pop Choir and The Soul Inspirational Gospel Choir, something that she thoroughly enjoys and contributes to enthusiastically.
She is an Ambassador for “Autism Radio UK” which she helped to launch in 2010.
In 2007, she performed in an especially commissioned work by the composer Andy Whitfield entitled “The Spectrum” which, through music, explained to the world the fears, anxieties difficulties and struggles that those on the Autistic Spectrum encounter and must deal with daily throughout their lives.
During 2010, she appeared in the BBC3 series “Autistic Superstars” which received critical acclaim in the UK, where her ‘journey’ to the concert was captured, including all her trials and tribulations, but culminated in her performance which was sensational. When asked by the presenter Reggie Yates how she felt, she replied “it was tears, tantrums and triumphs.”
In January 2011, Carly performed at the world famous Carnegie Hall, New York, at the annual “Genius of Autism” event which was hosted by Hollywood actress Laura Linney. Her rendition of George Gershwin’s “Summertime” so captivated the audience to such an extent that was immediately invited to return and perform at the 2012 event, which will be held on the 29th October at the Lincoln Centre.
Later in 2011, Carly was asked to appear on a charity cd to raise funds for a child with an extremely rare and degenerative disorder, along with Paul Hayes from “Cash in the Attic” and actress Kate Ford, Coronation Street’s Tracey Barlow. She was also presented with a North-West Disability Partnership Positive Action Award for “Raising the Profile of Disabled Artists” in 2011.
During 2012, in addition to “The Talent of Autism”, in July Carly launched her debut CD entitled “At Last” produced in conjunction with The Heroes Project.
Carly is constantly in demand raising the awareness of Autism and money for Autism charities.