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Event 24: Good Practice for Neurodiversity Professionals

90 minutes

Friday, 22 March 2024

16:30 to 18:00 (GMT)

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About the event

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Neurodiversity Professionals – including physicians, psychologists, educators, specialist teachers and coaches have an important role to play in empowering neurodivergent colleagues once recognised, with or without a formal diagnosis.


But when it comes to professionals, many of us have been trained to think about neurological differences using a deficit model. Such a model, which can often focus almost exclusively on a person’s impairments and challenges, can lead us to see that person as the challenge, rather than a more balanced view that includes the environment around them.


As practitioners work hard to increase representation for many aspects of diversity, this should also be true of diverse minds!


Please join us for an exciting panel discussion where we will cover:


  • Recognising the social context of neurodiversity and how it is helpful

  • Understanding the strengths, challenges, and pathways for neurodivergent colleagues

  • The importance of not separating the person from the label

  • How to provide high-quality services to individuals

  • Thoughtful and inclusive environmental design

This is a free online event via Zoom.

Amanda Kirby | Event Chair

CEO of Do-IT Solutions, Emeritus and Honorary Professor

Amanda, founder and CEO of Do-IT Solutions, leads a renowned tech-for-good company, offering neurodiversity screening and support tools. As a medical doctor and emeritus professor at the University of South Wales and Cardiff University, she's spearheaded research for two decades, specialising in neurodiversity. Amanda advises government boards, UK and international charities, and chairs the ADHD Foundation. With numerous publications, including award-winning books, she's recognised as a top HR thinker and diversity influencer. Amanda champions neurodiversity firsthand, advocating for inclusive workplaces and education. Her commitment to empowering neurodivergent individuals, spanning three decades, remains unwavering.

Susie Phillips-Baker CPsychol, PhD

Principal Psychologist, Lexxic

Susie is a Chartered Coaching and Occupational Psychologist with 20 years+ experience working in the private and public sectors in the UK and Ireland. Working for a national policing organisation, Susie worked in selection and assessment and managed a coaching programme for police officers and staff across the UK. She has worked as a coach on national leadership development programmes. Prior to her current role at Lexxic, Susie was Course Director for an MSc in Business Psychology. Since 2016, Susie has also supported many clients who are neurodivergent through assessment and coaching and has been diagnosed as an adult with Autism/ADHD.

Anne Harriss

Principal Workplace Health Strategist

Anne is Emeritus Prof of Occupational Health, Past President of the Society of Occupational Medicine and Principal Workplace Health Strategist with Anne Harriss and Associates. She has both a professional and personal interest in neurodiversity. Having dyslexia herself, she has been able to recognise dyslexic traits in her clients and students and shared her knowledge of this form of neurodiversity to support them to address the challenges dyslexia presents. A link to the SOM document which explores evaluating and supporting neuro differences is included.

Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD

Director, Stanford Neurodiversity Project; Director, Neurodiversity Clinic; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioural Sciences

Dr. Lawrence Fung an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University. He is the director of the Stanford Neurodiversity Project, director of the Neurodiversity Clinic, and principal investigator at the Fung Lab. His work, which focuses on autism and neurodiversity, traverses from multi-modal neuroimaging studies to new conceptualization of neurodiversity and its application to clinical, education, and employment settings. His lab advances the understanding of neural bases of human socio-communicative and cognitive functions by using novel neuroimaging and bioanalytical technologies. Using community-based participatory research approach, his team devises and implements novel interventions to improve the lives of neurodiverse individuals by maximizing their potential and productivity. His work has been supported by various agencies including the National Institutes of Health, Autism Speaks, California Department of Developmental Services, California Department of Rehabilitation, as well as philanthropy. He received his PhD in chemical engineering from Cornell University, and MD from George Washington University. He completed his general psychiatry residency, child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship, and postdoctoral research fellowship at Stanford.

Ceri Reed

Founder of Parents Voices in Wales CIC

Ceri founded Parents Voices in Wales in 2018 due to the disconnect between families, education and services. The organisation advocates for families whose children and young people experience challenges with neurodivergence and mental health. . Since that time Wales has moved towards a whole system, early help and needs led approach for neurodivergence and mental health. Parents Voices in Wales were the stakeholder group who coproduced the NEST NYTH Framework and now support Welsh Government in developing a Neurodivergence Code of Practice and facilitate coproduction across services in Wales to elevate the voice of families in service development and provision.

Keeley Mitchell

Co-Founder of Neurodiversity in Planning / Strategic Planning and Regeneration Officer at Dacorum Borough Council

Keeley joined the planning industry within the public sector, and has developed her career producing local planning policies. In 2020, Keeley co-founded the Neurodiversity in Planning network, to raise acceptance of neurodiversity within the planning industry, and to raise awareness among planners and other related industry professionals on the impact the built environment has on neurodivergent people, and as a result, the importance of considering neurodiversity when designing and planning for new places. Since the network was founded, Keeley has been involved with a number of planning events and supported the development of resources and guidance, with the aim of promoting inclusive placemaking and increasing the positive outcomes this can have on neurodivergent people.

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