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OLD Culture, Community and Class in Neurodiversity

90 Minutes

Wednesday, 15 March 2023

12:00 to 13:30 (GMT)

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About the event

Is today’s neurodiversity ready for tomorrow’s difference? Intersectionality is so much more than a buzzword, and acknowledging the intersectionality that lies within neurodiversity is a vital first step. But it’s time to go further and turn that talk into action.

Last year, we discussed who is excluded from neurodiversity conversations and actions, and what the impacts of that exclusion were. This year, we’re taking the next step, bringing together experts with diverse lived experience of neurodiversity and disablement to unpack the changes that will forge a path for intersectional neuroinclusion.

We will explore topics such as:

  • How neurodiversity is intertwined with gender, sexual orientation, mental health, race, and more

  • The disabling attitudes, practices and behaviours that create barriers within the neurodiversity movement

  • What we can do as individuals and as a community to foster equitable participation

  • The societal benefits of creating an intersectionally inclusive future for all


This is a free online event via Zoom.

Please note that our events are not being recorded, to encourage our participants to speak openly about their personal stories and experiences.

Atif Choudhury | Event Chair

Chief Executive of Diversity and Ability, Co-founder / Director of Zaytoun CiC and Trustee for Disability Rights UK

Atif Choudhury is an award-winning social entrepreneur with a background in economic justice and disability inclusion. Focusing on the inclusion of marginalised communities, Atif has worked on high profile social development projects across the world. He is the Co-founder and CEO of Diversity and Ability and Zaytoun CiC (the world’s first Fairtrade Palestinian olive oil cooperative), as well as a trustee for Disability Rights UK.

Atif believes in pushing for a future of inclusive change and global equity. He’s advocating for recognition of the strength of intersectional inclusion, transforming narratives and systems to create environments that welcome diversity of thought and unlock the hidden assets in everyone.

Vic Mazonas

General Manager (GAIN)

Vic is an autistic queer person with C-PTSD who occasionally experience non-verbal episodes. They are also a regularly-exhibiting artist, a sought-after public speaker and general manager of GAIN.

Vic is fortunate to have a life filled with neurodivergent, queer community and has seen first-hand how transformative it can be to have a space filled with understanding and acceptance. After the insurance industry gave them their first opportunity to thrive in the workplace, Vic now seeks to help make the industry a haven for others who haven’t yet received the same good fortune.

Marcia Brissett Bailey

SEND Specialist/Dyslexic/neurodiverse advocate

Marcia Brissett-Bailey – was awarded the Adult Award at the British Dyslexia Association2022. Named Top 50 Influential Neurodivergent Women in 2022. Also nominated for the Stereotype Buster of the year category in 2021/22 Celebrating Neurodiversity Awards.

She is a thought leader and Forbes featured, international speaker, author of Black, Brilliant and Dyslexic book published with Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Dyslexia advocate, champion and passionate to empower other Dyslexics and neurodivergent to find their voices. Marcia also talks about the representation, education, workplace and diversity from a cultural perspective lens.

A co-founded the British Dyslexia Association's Cultural Perspective Committee. An observer of BDA's Executive Board. Also a trustee of the Waltham Forest Dyslexia Association, an Advisory Board Member of the Centre for Neurodiversity at Work, and a member of the co-production board for Neurodiversity in Business.

Solène Anglaret

Speaker, Author & Founder

Born and raised in France, Solène has lived in 6 countries and travelled to nearly 60. After starting her career in the environmental sector in 2011, she joined the travel industry, before finding her way into the world of diversity and inclusion in innovation. She currently works for Innovate UK as Programme Manager – Disabled Innovators.

Solène is also a Speaker, Author, and Entrepreneur. In 2018, she created Be Beyond Borders and published four books – all around the topics of identity, home, and belonging. In 2022, she launched The Inclusion Conversation, a talkshow that aims to break down borders and bring the world closer together, one conversation at a time. Solène also speaks openly about her experience living with a long-term mental health diagnosis and is a fervent advocate for disability and neurodiversity inclusion.

When not working or hustling, you'll find Solène travelling with her hubby, walking in nature, or eating (too much) chocolate...!

Piers Wilkinson

Student Voice Commissioner on the Disabled Students' Commission

Experienced projects and campaigns manager with specialist knowledge in disability rights, accessibility, post-16 education, LEDI, and sustainability, Piers champions intersectional policy development, through the exploration of effective pedagogy and foundational understanding of disability history, theory, and language.

As a specialist with expert knowledge in disability rights, digital accessibility, and inclusive practice, Piers has been a driving force within the education policy sphere on user voice integrated design. Whether assisting the 2016 UNCRPD UK inquiry, as a commissioner for the House of Lords Higher Education Commission’s 8th Inquiry, or the development of the UK Public Sector Body Accessibility Regulations (PSBAR), Piers exemplifies the value of lived experience in tandem with subject expertise.

Tahirah Yasin

Trauma informed Psychotherapist/Clinical Supervisor/ Mindfulness/Wellbeing Facilitator/Mentor and Trainer

I am a qualified psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor working in Private Practice in London; Harley St and in Gloucestershire. I am a mentor for the BACP, and a Trustee for the Lateef Project. I also work as a senior psychotherapist for the Nour Project in London; where I work with domestic violence and sexual abuse. I work as a therapist with Self Space in London. I am also on the Cultural Committee Board for the British Dyslexia Association.

In addition, I work with Asylum Seekers and Refugees in a local charity in Gloucestershire. along with working with people who have lost people through suicide. My real passion is working with Neurodiversity, I am a CEO of a neurodiverse company; NeuroPower Directory.

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