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Event 3: Neurodiversity: We Don't All Fit into One Box!

90 minutes

Monday, 18 March 2024

13:30 to 15:00 (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.

Too often we define someone by a descriptive label that puts them into a neat little box that serves only to reinforce stereotypes. We are all unique individuals. Our brains are as unique as our fingerprints. 

There is a evolutionary reason why 1 in 5 of humankind think differently; -  ADHD, Autism, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Dyslexia, dysgraphia.... Diversity of mind is a scientific reality and the universal design. What we need is a diversity of mindset, open to and embracing the phenomenal diversity of human neurocognitive potential. We don't all fit into one box. 

Join us for an exciting panel on discussion on Neurological Differences as we explore the following:

  • Defining and understanding co-occurring differences

  • The importance of an intersectional approach to neurodiversity

  • The benefits and challenges of having individual diagnosis

  • Positive examples of support and insight to help indiividuals identify their neurodivergent traits.

This is a free online event via Zoom.

Dr Tony Lloyd | Event Chair

CEO, ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity

Tony is a pioneering advocate for neurodiverse paradigm in health, education and business. As CEO of the ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity, - the largest ‘user led’ ADHD Neurodiversity agency in Europe, Dr Lloyd is the recipient several national awards including National Diversity Lifetime Achievement Award, the UK top 100 LGBTQ leaders, & National Leaders Award for Education & most recently The UK Top 50 Inclusive Leaders.

The ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity provides services, training and consultancy for the UK National Health Service, public and private sectors, relating to all aspects of neurodiversity; dyslexia, autism, ADHD, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and Tourette’s. The Foundation is behind the award winning Neurodiversity Umbrella Project

Tania Martin

Head of the UK Neuro-Diverse Centre of Excellence EY

Tania has over 20 years’ professional experience in people and operations process improvement roles. She has a passion for belonging and inclusivity, and working as the Lead for EY’s Neuro-Diverse Centre of Excellence (NCoE) in the UK has given her the opportunity to help build something truly human centred and drive lasting change across the organisation. At the heart of what she does is helping build a better working world that allows you to be authentically yourself, regardless of who you are. Tania herself is late diagnosed ADHD, and brings her own lived experience to all she does in the corporate world.

Rob Edwards

CEO, Neurodiversity & Entrepreneurship Association

Rob Edwards is CEO of the NEA, the Neurodiversity & Entrepreneurship Association. The NEA provides a meeting place for all those with an interest in neurodiversity and entrepreneurship, creating a safe and nurturing environment for neurodivergent entrepreneurs to get the help and support they need to start their own businesses, and get ongoing support to keep them up-and-running and earning them an income.

Based in Shipley, West Yorkshire, Rob is a neurodivergent entrepreneur, and has worked with membership groups, academics and businesses for over twenty years, holding senior roles in academic publishing before becoming self-employed in 2014.

Laura Wall

Specialist Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Laura Wall is part of the school therapeutic service at the ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity. Bringing contemporary creative approaches to therapy, Laura is passionate about working with people at emotional and relational depth, supporting them to develop self-awareness and understanding of their neurodevelopmental conditions.
Laura recently did a feature for Yahoo bringing her experience as a late diagnosed woman of colour, raising children who also have ADHD. Continuing on from this, Laura is just starting out on the journey of a professional doctorate in the field of Psychotherapy.

Aidy Smith

TV Presenter, Journalist & Broadcaster

Aidy Smith is an award-winning TV Presenter, broadcaster, and journalist. His is the only active TV Presenter in the UK with Tourette Syndrome. As the executive producer and presenter of The Three Drinkers on Amazon Prime, Aidy built his own TV series via branded content having been told he would never achieve his goal of being on screen due to his condition. As a proud part of the neurodivergent and LGBTQIA+ communities Aidy now inspires others to overcome their hurdles. He works closely with the ADHD Foundation as a Patron and the Tourette Association of America as a Global Ambassador.

Jannine Perryman

Consultant Specialist Teacher & Psycho-educational Coach Trainer

Jannine Perryman, embodying diversity with ADHD, dyslexia, and autism, is a Consultant Specialist Teacher and Psycho-educational Coach. Her book, "100 Ideas for ADHD in Secondary Schools," soon by Bloomsbury, showcases innovative education. Founder of ADHD Wise UK and Course Director at the ADHD Foundation, she leads in psychoeducational advancements. Her work in advocacy, special education, recruitment and retention, equality diversity and inclusion, and public speaking champions inclusivity and diverse learning. Jannine's focus on conflict resolution and trauma-informed coaching, and genuine inclusion marks her as a key advocate for enhancing neurodiversity support in a wide variety of contexts.

Angela Prentner-Smith

Managing Director, This is Milk, Founder of Neve Learning

Angela is the managing director of This is Milk, a consultancy, training and technology business. She and her team have built a reputation as innovators and have created a brand position in a unique place in the Scottish market. This is Milk have launched an innovative, neurodiverse-first hybrid learning platform.
Following this, Angela was named a Top 10 Female Entrepreneur in Scotland, 2023, and was commended at the Glasgow Business Awards as an entrepreneur of the year 2021.
Angela is a vocal advocate of equities particularly in gender roles, neurodiversity and human-centred business practices. Regularly writing and speaking on these topics.

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