22 Sep 2023

Cambridge’s youngest Black professor Jason Arday on Autism, racism, and learning to read at 18

“You’re categorised as not being particularly intelligent or able,” says Jason Arday, an autistic Sociologist who became Cambridge University’s youngest black professor.

Jason Arday was unable to speak until he was 11 and could not read or write until he was 18. As a PE teacher in 2012, he wrote a list of goals he wanted to achieve. One of them was to be a professor at Oxford or Cambridge University.

Today on Ways To Change The World, Jason Arday tells Krishnan Guru-Murthy about his journey with Autism, learning to read and write at the age of 18, and why racial profiling is limiting people’s ability to achieve their dreams.

Produced by Silvia Maresca and Shaheen Sattar


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