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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)

About the event

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

Head of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Antiracism & Resourcing & Keynote Speaker.

Hannah, an award-winning Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Antiracism Senior Leader, is recognised among the Top 100 Influential Muslims in the UK. As an Inspiring Automotive Women awardee for 2021 and 2022, she advocates for role models, reflecting on her own journey as a South Asian Muslim woman with ADHD, OCD, Fibromyalgia, Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension, and PCOS. Currently, she drives Antiracism Enabling Technology at MindWeaver, reshaping systems for equity.

Recently, she's highlighted her ADHD diagnosis, pushing for inclusive workplaces for neurodivergent individuals. Outside work, she champions equitable outcomes in education and supports Global Majority charities like BAC-IN & Free in Recovery, aiding those with addiction and neurodivergence.

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