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Event 6: Culture, Community and Class in Neurodiversity: Who Gets Left Behind?

90 minutes

Tuesday, 19 March 2024

09:30 to 11:00 (GMT)

Registration has closed for this event!

About the event

Thank you for your interest in this event. This event has now taken place, and though registrations are closed, if you would like to watch the recording then you can access it here (along with the other NCW 2024 event recordings!). We hope you enjoy.

We are all more than our neurodiversity. We may be one neurodiverse community, but our experiences vary dramatically as the different aspects of our identity overlap to influence the barriers we have to face. This is intersectionality. This is why we may all be neurodiverse, but we’re not all marginalised because of it.

This panel is bringing together a diverse group of experts to discuss intersectional neurodiversity inclusion. Together, we’ll share our expertise and lived experiences of intersectionality to unveil the steps that pave the way for intersectional neurodiversity inclusion.

We'll delve into various topics, including:

  • The intersections between neurodiversity and other experiences of marginalisation (for example, gender, sexual orientation, mental health, race, and class).

  • How we, as a community and movement, can remove barriers, attitudes and behaviours that exclude more marginalised groups along these intersections. Without this understanding, too many people are still being left behind.  

  • The individual and collective strategies that promote neurodiversity inclusion beyond the current cultural zeitgeist.

  • The societal advantages of striving towards an intersectionally inclusive future for all, regardless of label or diagnosis.

This is a free online event via Zoom.

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.

Eva Echo

Activist, TEDx Speaker, Educator.
Also Director of Innovation at Birmingham Pride and Director at Trans in the City.

Eva Echo (she/they) is an activist, writer and TEDx speaker with a focus on transgender rights and mental health. Most notably, Eva took legal action against NHS England in the High Court to challenge the unlawful waiting times for trans patients. She won the DIVA Award for “Unsung Hero of the Year 2022” and named on the DIVA Power List. More recently, Eva won Trans In The City's “Trans Community Champion” award for 2022. Eva is Director of Innovation at Birmingham Pride and sits on the Crown Prosecution Service’s hate crime panel.

Praveen Kolluguri

Co-chair, Able2 Network (disability) at BT Group
Mobile and Accessibility props manager

Praveen Kolluguri is a co-chair of Able2 Network at BT/EE and his day job is that of a Mobile And Accessibility Propositions Manager at EE. Based in London, originally from India and moved to the UK in 2008 for completing his MBA and has been working with EE/BT since 2012. His disabilities are ASD, ADHD, IBS and partial colour blindness. He is a Human Rights Activist.

Hannah Litt

EDIA & Resourcing Leader and Co-Founder of Project Humanise CIC

Hannah is a South Asian, Muslim, disabled, neurodivergent woman who is a passionate advocate for driving positive change within organisations through Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Antiracism initiatives. She has also been credited as Top 50 Influential Muslims for two years running. With experience in a variety of industries including Automotive, Construction, Retail, Financial Services, and Technology, she has worked with numerous organisations to create decolonised, antiracist, inclusive, and equitable environments. Hannah firmly believes that every industry has the potential to be a catalyst for positive change, and she is dedicated to helping organisations tap into that potential. Advocating for neurodivergent individuals, especially those of the Global Majority, is a priority for Hannah. he believes in fostering a more inclusive and equitable space for those who are often marginalised and helping organisations to think outside the box.

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