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About the event
Many people that identify as neurodivergent exhibit qualities that are as distinct as their races, sexual orientations, age, and gender. In addition, many people have more than one neurodiverse condition as neurodifferences can overlap or be part of a spectrum. Therefore, people may not experience the same challenges as others, or may experience those challenges in different ways or at different times.
Similarly, when we are talking about inclusion, it’s important to not just focus on one individual neurodifference at a time. A wide variety of strategies and adjustments may be required. There is often an assumption that people know what they need and know how to access it.
Join us for an exciting panel on discussion on Neurological Differences.
Specifically, we will explore:
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.
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.
Tony Lloyd | Event Chair
CEO of the ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity
Dr Tony Lloyd is the CEO of the ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity, - the largest user led ADHD specialist agency in Europe.
The Foundation 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. Dr Lloyd has been a pioneering advocate for neurodiverse paradigm in health, education and business in the UK.
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 & The Neurodiversity Umbrella Project.
Embracing Complexity Lead
Agata leads the day-to-day running of Embracing Complexity, a coalition of leading UK organisations working together to explore new approaches in improving outcomes for neurodivergent people.
Neurodevelopmental diagnostic categories have significant implications both in practice and research. People often have more than one “condition” or don’t fit into any diagnostic “box”, while research is often siloed within diagnostic categories.
Embracing Complexity aims to build relationships and infrastructure across these boundaries in diagnosis, services and offer new perspectives for neurodevelopmental research. By thinking differently about how we campaign, fund research and offer support, we can improve lives faster, more efficiently and more effectively
Keisha Adair Swaby
Inspirational Speaker, Radio Presenter, Author
Keisha is an International Inspirational Speaker and a Presenter on Radio Diamond. She is a Dyslexia Advocate on a mission to raise more awareness in our communities.
After being diagnosed at the age of 41 with severe Dyslexia and Dyspraxia whilst in the last few weeks of studying for her degree she has been on a mission to change the narrative.
Despite her challenges she achieved a first class Honours Degree and went on to complete her Masters in Health Psychology last year at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Keisha graduated with a Merit and was awarded a Prize for Outstanding Community Spirit.
She has spoken locally and globally to inspire others with her story and create a better understanding of learning differences and reduce the shame and stigma that currently exists surrounding neurodiversity.
She has now written a book which will be published in March. This book is to share her story and create more awareness of Dyslexia and Dyspraxia.
Keisha has been chosen as one of the top 50 most Influential Neurodivergent Women and was a finalist for role model of the year at the Multicultural Business & Community Champion Awards (MBCC)
Co-Chair of NatWest’s Neurodiversity Alliance
Sarah has been a Co-Chair of the NatWest Neurodiversity Alliance since 2022 and one of the Bank’s inclusion champions since 2018. Sarah sponsors the Positive Management Culture and Governance & Strategy workstreams within the Alliance that are central to promoting neuroinclusion. Sarah’s an active member of the colleague-led Autistic community and champions the neurodivergent colleague voice to make positive changes and build awareness across the organisation. In her day job, Sarah is a Commerical Channel lead in Financial Crime and has been with Natwest for over 19 years.
Health Economist Newcastle University, Neurodiversity Advocate (The Black Dyspraxic ), Advisory Board Member of Centre for Neurodiversity at Work