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OLD Good Practice for Neurodiversity Professionals

90 Minutes

Friday, 17 March 2023

14:30 to 16:00 (GMT)

Registration has closed for this event!

About the event

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

As this is a panel discussion, there will be lots of time for questions and interaction with you!

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.

Tiffany Jameson | Event Chair

Managing Partner, grit & flow

Tiffany Payton Jameson, Ph.D., MBA, PHR, is an organizational psychologist, has earned her Master’s in Business Administration emphasizing accounting, finance, and e-Business Strategy, and a Bachelor of Sciences in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration. Dr. Jameson uses her multi-disciplinary experience currently as the Managing Partner for grit & flow, a purpose-driven consultancy working worldwide, to help further the development of workplaces that support the cognitive diversity of each employee and candidate. Dr. Jameson is also a LinkedIn Learning instructor and an international speaker. Dr. Jameson’s area of expertise is the field of cognitive diversity, mental health and universal design.

Ione Georgakis

Advocacy Lead at Tourettes Action and Occupational Therapist

Ione is an occupational therapist who works part-time as the lead advocate for Tourettes Action. Using her lived and professional experience, Ione educates employers and healthcare providers on the characteristics of Tourette Syndrome, seeking to myth bust, and reduce barriers to engagement and wellbeing.

Lawrence Fung

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 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.

Nicola James

Founder of Lexxic Ltd. and a Chartered Psychologist

Nicola James is the Founder of Lexxic Ltd. and a Chartered Psychologist. She established Lexxic in 2007, to work with public and private sector organisations to help them better understand dyslexia and other neurodiverse conditions, and get the best out of their employees. Nicola is also the founder of Neurotalent Unlocked, an online learning platform to raise awareness for managers, and provide strategies for employees with neurodiverse conditions to help them succeed at work. In addition, Nicola has completed postgraduate training in neuropsychology.
A dyslexic individual herself, Nicola has been fortunate enough to receive support from the Dyslexia Centre at Nottingham University, and is now passionate about helping other people with similar difficulties.
Nicola sits on the British Psychological Society (BPS) Neurodiversity and Employment Committee and is a Director of the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC). She has written various guidance documents and has been involved with the development of neurodiversity smart best practice across a wide range of FTSE 100 companies, government organisations and charities.

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