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About the event
The journey for all neurodiverse families is unique, but by sharing our stories and expertise, we hope to help others know they are not alone!
Please join us for a panel discussion which will explore how parents, guardians and carers can support children at different stages in their life.
We will explore topics such as:
Being inclusive of neurodiverse children
Understanding potential challenges and barriers in education
Diagnosis and navigating the healthcare system
Talking to teachers and clinicians
Why neurodiverse parenting maybe different
Acceptance and advocacy
You'll have the opportunity to hear from experts in the field, as well as parents who have experience raising neurodivergent children. As this is a panel discussion, there will be lots of time for questions and interaction with you!
This is a great opportunity to learn more about neurodiversity and how it can affect your child's development and well-being. Don't miss out on this informative and enlightening event!
Please note that our events are not being recorded, to encourage our participants to speak openly about their personal stories and experiences.
Amanda Kirby | Event Chair
CEO Do-IT Profiler and Neurodiversity campaigner
Professor Amanda Kirby is passionate about neurodiversity and inclusion.
She has an international reputation in the field of Neurodiversity. She has written 8 books and more than 100 research papers in the field. She is a qualified GP, has a Ph.D. in the field of neurodiversity, and is an emeritus professor at the University of South Wales and an honorary professor at Cardiff University.
She is also a trustee of the ADHD Foundation, works closely with the BDA, Dyspraxia Foundation, and several Autism charities.
She was chosen as one of the top 20 LinkedIn voices in the UK for 2020 and has one other international and national accolades including being voted nationally in the past as the UK GP of the Year.
Director, Parents Voices in Wales CIC
Parent of Neurodivergent young people supporting families in Wales navigate statutory services and education in meeting neurodivergent and mental health needs. Working across sector as Advocate for the neurodiversity movement In Wales working as conduit for parent and Carer coproduction to improve neurodiversity services, stakeholder and Co-Chair in the Welsh Government‘s Whole System Approach Steering Group and Ministerial Advisory Group for Neurodivergence Code of Practice respectively. Associate Trainer for Children in Wales on Neurodiversity and Adult Advisory Panel Member to the Childrens Commissioners for Wales representing UNCRC and Ambitions for Wales.
First diagnosed with Attention, Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Autism several years ago, Jonathan is involved in Hong Kong ADHD Awareness Week. Jonathan also is affiliated with two local non-governmental organizations – Mind HK and Resolve Foundation The more Jonathan shares, the more he learns about the challenges facing people looking after neurodiverse siblings. Considering that he has an autistic brother with severe intellectual disabilities, Jonathan is keen on sharing some of the lessons from living with his brother as a neurodivergent individual brought up in a single family.
Group Treasury Manager – ESG and Investment, Centrica
I am a proud mum to grown up twin boys with autism. I have so much gratitude for what they have taught me and how they have changed me for the better. I am using what I have learnt to push for a neuro-inclusive workplace. Seem that us parents are programmed to keep on fighting!
Neurodiversity Awareness consultant and speaker
Neurodivergent Keynote speaker and Neurodiversity consultant Matt Gupwell is a rare breed. An enigmatic speaker, expert communicator and respected Neurodiversity awareness consultant and advocate. Matts’ mission is to inspire, educate, entertain and to call to action all those he meets. Whilst improving the outcomes of every person living with a Neurodivergent condition.
Chair of Trustees, SEND The Right Message
Vicki is Chair of Trustees for the Essex based charity SEND The Right Message.
As a neurodivergent adult and parent, Vicki knows that the current school system isn’t always the best fit for our neurodivergent children and that is why charities such as STRM are so vital. By-and-for charities are able to be there for families at the start of their journey, creating affirming spaces that value the child and support parents to navigate the education and health care system.