Tynisha, the dynamic entrepreneur and visionary behind Visible Autism Ltd, is redefining what it means to succeed in the business world while championing inclusivity. As a passionate advocate for autism awareness, Tynisha’s journey is a testament to resilience, creativity, and the power of personal experience. From overcoming the challenges of university life to launching a groundbreaking business, her story is one of determination and inspiration.

Through her innovative approach to merging her love for dance, fitness, and autism advocacy, Tynisha is not only creating a thriving enterprise but also forging a path for others to follow. In this exclusive interview, she shares her journey, the inspirations behind her work, and her vision for a more inclusive future.

As a budding entrepreneur and CEO of Visible Autism Ltd, what inspired you to start your own business, and how has your journey been so far?

Starting Visible Autism Ltd is a bittersweet topic for me. During my first year at university, I faced many challenges and ultimately found it wasn’t the right environment for me. The dance environment suits me—the structure, the dedication, and the focus—but the university couldn’t support my autism adequately. The best option was to step away. A few months before this, I had an online coach named Olivia Beckford. When I expressed my frustration about having to constantly explain my autism, she suggested I create something that would show I have it without needing to explain it. The idea of hoodies came up, as they fit well with my style as a dancer.

After leaving university, I made a rash decision to start my own business. We came up with the name TJAutismawareness and a logo. While working on the clothing line, I decided to create an event to spread awareness about autism. I invited autism-friendly businesses and shared the event on social media. The event was a success, and from there, I realised this needed to be a business. With help from the Prince’s Trust and my family, we created Visible Autism Ltd, a business bridging the gaps between autism and society.

How do you believe your personal experiences with autism have shaped your perspective on entrepreneurship and life in general?

My experiences with autism have taught me the importance of creating an understanding and supportive environment. Constantly explaining my needs and adjustments can be exhausting and make me feel like a nuisance. Working for myself allows me to create a peaceful and understanding lifestyle. It won’t be easy, but it will be easier than navigating jobs that aren’t suitable for autism. By being an entrepreneur, I can create opportunities for like-minded people to work with me without feeling misunderstood.

Your passion for travel is evident. What are some of the top destinations on your bucket list, and why?

My first bucket list destination is Barbados, where my family is from. I want to visit to connect with my heritage and meet family members I’ve never met. My great-grandparents came over during the Windrush era, so it’s important to learn about that history.

The Maldives and Mykonos are next on my list for their relaxing and scenic views. I want to take pictures with the white buildings, watch the sunset, dip my feet in the sea, and have a swim-up pool in my room. These destinations symbolise success and relaxation to me.

As a dancer, I’m always looking for new studios and opportunities to learn from top choreographers. America, with its renowned dance studios and dancers, is a must-visit. Lastly, I’ve always wanted to visit Bondi Beach in Australia after watching Bondi Rescue on YouTube. My travel bucket list constantly evolves, and I want to see as many places as possible.

Being a Level 2 Gym Instructor and an instructor at SOS Dance Global, how do you balance your time between your personal pursuits and your professional commitments?

Honestly, I struggle to balance my time. After leaving university and dance, I was broken and looking for a way back into the industry. I found SOS Dance Global and realised it connected to A-list choreographers, which motivated me to complete the course. I’ve recently started this dance teacher journey as life kept getting in the way.

After leaving university, I pursued personal training as a backup plan. I recently passed my Level 2 Gym Instructor course and am working on my Level 3 Personal Trainer and Sports Masseuse qualifications. Sometimes I make rash decisions and overwhelm myself with too much to do. However, I’m proud that I always get everything done, and it will all be useful in the future.

What do you hope to achieve through your work as a gym instructor and dance instructor, and how does it tie into your broader mission with Visible Autism Ltd?

My biggest goal is to have a business that combines all my interests—being a gym instructor, dance teacher, and offering specialist classes for those with autism. I envision Visible Autism offering these services on a larger scale with multiple dance teachers, a gym, and a dance studio. Gym instructing and dance offer freedom, social interaction, and the opportunity to create a space where people feel understood. The journey will be tough, but when I can see my own property with a dance class in progress and clients enjoying a social environment, I’ll know the hard work was worth it.

Could you share a particularly memorable moment from your journey so far, either in your business endeavours or your personal life?

Memorable moments often involve small achievements that are significant for those with autism. As a child, I had meltdowns, struggled with social interactions, and reacted strongly to changes. These milestones, like taking the bus alone, cooking dinner, traveling independently, and recognising true friends, are important. 

However, one memorable moment was leaving dance university. It was both the worst and best day of my life. The lack of understanding and support for autism led to my departure. In my final meeting, I passionately declared, “I’m going to make it in the industry, and it won’t be because of you.” This moment drives me to prove that with the right support, anything is possible.

How do you envision the future of Visible Autism Ltd? Are there any exciting projects or initiatives in the pipeline that you’re excited to share?

My vision for Visible Autism is to make our logo the national symbol for autism, separate from controversial or divisive symbols. I believe our logo is needed in social environments and travel hubs. Our customers have already called it ‘trendy,’ which is a great start.

We are also pushing for legal requirements related to autism to be reevaluated. We have ran a petition in the past to get level 2 understanding autism and mandatory requirement. And we will be pushing this again very soon. Additionally, our new website has just launched which we are very excited about. You can find us at http://visibleautism.co.uk/. In addition it Joan to this, our quiet room at Lightwater Valley has been renovated and is up and running for this season which I am very proud of as it’s such a great addition and safe space for guests to have some down time if overwhelmed.

Living life on your own terms is a powerful aspiration. What does that look like for you, both in the short term and the long term?

In the short term, I feel I’m living life on my own terms. I’ve been working part-time in a gym to gain experience, running Visible Autism, teaching classes, and preparing to work abroad as a fitness instructor. This flexibility allows me to choose how I spend my days.

In the long term, I want to expand the aspects of my life I enjoy, not work for anyone else, and have Visible Autism running successfully. My goal is to integrate Visible Autism into my life, especially in dance, and spread it throughout the industry. Living life on my own terms means creating a healthy, understanding, and peaceful lifestyle.

One of my biggest achievements so far is that I am currently living and working in Crete for the summer as a bluef!t instructor for a company called Tui. For me I really felt like I needed to price to people that I can do this as when I was telling people I got the impression they thought I’d be home after a week. 6 weeks in and I am living my best life. I’m meeting so many new people, opening more opportunities and living independently in another country. To be payed to deliver you passion to guests is such a dream and it will only get better from here. I’m also smashing it as I’m also running Visible Autism at the same time

What advice would you give to other young entrepreneurs, particularly those who may be facing similar challenges or obstacles?

JUST SAY YES. Say yes to anything and everything. Sometimes it will work, sometimes it won’t, but you won’t know until you try. Every opportunity has guided me to where I am now. Make sure you have someone who understands you to help you along the journey. I have my family, who have been with me every step of the way.

Never let anyone take away your passion. Whatever keeps you going, hold onto it. The journey will be tough, but deep down, your passion will always be there when you come back for it.

How do you think society can become more inclusive and understanding of individuals with autism, and what role do you see yourself playing in that process?

Society needs to be willing to learn and understand for us to feel included. My petition is one way to start creating a more understanding world. My role is to show what life is like for many autistics like me. By sharing my experiences and showing that I live a normal life, I hope to prove that you never know who you’re interacting with and encourage more understanding.

As someone who believes in the power of dreams, what’s one dream you have that you haven’t yet pursued, and what steps are you taking to make it a reality?

One dream that stands out is becoming a professional dancer. I’ve always said that once I’ve danced on live TV, I’ve made it. There are many dance opportunities I’d love to pursue, but TV is the ultimate goal. Currently, I’m focusing on finishing my backup plan, and then I’ll be back in the dance studios pursuing this dream.

How do you maintain a positive mindset and stay motivated, especially when facing setbacks or challenges in your journey?

I go through phases where I’m not motivated and want to quit, but having a backup plan keeps me moving forward. The past couple of years have been a learning journey, and I’ve finally reached a point where I feel satisfied with life.

With your platform, what message do you hope to convey to young people, particularly those who may feel limited by societal norms or expectations?

I want to show that it’s okay not to live up to societal expectations. You don’t need to have it all figured out immediately. I’m working part-time jobs, traveling, still deciding what I want, and having fun. School was challenging, and I wish I knew more about different options when I left, but now I’m doing everything I can to enjoy my time. It’s important to follow your path and enjoy the journey.

As an entrepreneur, what are some key principles or values that you prioritise in your business endeavours?

As a new entrepreneur, I’m still navigating the industry. I’ve said yes to many opportunities to network and find what works. My business is based on my personal experiences and real-time events. It’s important to do what I actually want to do, not just what’s a good business idea.

On social media, I share real experiences rather than researching autism. Everyone’s experience is individual, and my research involves going out into the world and learning through my feelings and reactions.

What advice would you offer other young people who have been diagnosed with autism to help them on their journey?

1. The more you talk about it, the easier it becomes. It doesn’t need to be a formal conversation. Share your experiences when the opportunity arises.

2. It’s okay to have down days and take time for yourself. Don’t feel guilty about needing a break.

3. Friends come and go. It’s harder to find and keep them, but you will find your people.

4. Stand up for yourself. Only you know your autism. Make sure you’re heard and understood.

5. Autism doesn’t stop you. It may take time to adjust, but you have your strengths. Navigating your autism is a journey, but once you get momentum, enjoy it.

Where can people follow you and find out more?


– Facebook: visibleautismltd

– TikTok: visibleautismltd




Finally, if you could sum up your vision for your life and your business in one sentence, what would that be?

Life doesn’t have a rehearsal; I want to do anything and everything and show through my business that autism isn’t going to stop that.

As Tynisha’s story demonstrates, resilience and passion can pave the way for extraordinary achievements. Her journey with Visible Autism Ltd is a powerful reminder that challenges can be transformed into opportunities, and personal experiences can drive meaningful change. Tynisha’s vision for a more inclusive world is not just a dream but a tangible goal she works towards every day.

For more inspiring stories of entrepreneurs and visionaries like Tynisha, visit House of Coco, where we celebrate those who dare to dream big and redefine success on their terms. Dive into our collection of interviews and let these incredible journeys inspire your own path to greatness.


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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