Autism & Me
“My name is Rory Hoy, I’m a Music Producer/DJ and I’m autistic . I volunteer each week at Follifoot Park Disabled Riders Group, and I absolutely love it!
As a young lad, I used to go there and found it so helpful and therapeutic. Now, I still look forward to it each week, as I feel it still has the same effect on me being around the horses, and such wonderful people, and I hope I can be helpful to others just as they were to me so many years ago, when I was a lot more severely affected by my condition.
Now, so many years later, as a music producer, I’ve released 5 albums (6th next month) and I’ve had countless singles, EPs, remixes and collabos released over the last 5 years. I also make music for TV, Film and Adverts, which is great fun ,and I’ve done music for Disney, Sony, Fox TV etc. I won the ITV Yorkshire Young Achiever of the Year Award in the Arts category (alongside Corrie actor Mikey North!) I DJ lots at Festivals - I was the opening act to 22,000 people at the Tour De France 2014 Fan Park, and I regularly support Craig Charles on his Funk & Soul tours - Craig plays my music a lot on his BBC6 Funk & Soul Show. I’ve been on British TV (ITV, BBC, Sky News), American TV (NBC, Today Show) and Radio (BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio York, BBC Introducing) and Press (too many to mention!) a lot and I’ve won lots of awards for my film ‘Autism & Me’ including a Royal Television Society Award, an award from Film Director Gu Ritchie, NASEN and TES Award, and a UNICEF Award.. I go into schools and organisations where they show my film and talk about my autism and do Q&A sessions. I get e-mails and messages from all over the world from families with autistic children – in fact one American Mum said, having watched my film, she felt she knew her son for the first time – pretty awesome. I am Patron and Ambassador for a number of charities, I know people have been inspired by my story and call me a ‘trailblazer’ and I feel honoured that I can give something back.”
Me when I was younger, riding the horses.
Me now as a volunteer.