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About the event
The Campaign tagline for Neurodiversity Celebration Week is ‘Celebrating Different Minds’. We chose that because for us, neurodiversity is more than labels like Dyslexia, Autism or ADHD. The campaign is more than ‘raising awareness’ or simply highlighting a challenge to be recognised by society.
To celebrate neurodiversity, we also want to highlight what’s positive about it! It is about thinking about things in a different way than the majority, than the cultural norm. It is about having unique strengths, talents and perspectives that come from thinking differently. And every society or organisation would be better if it was more inclusive of diverse thinkers.
For our launch event, Aidan Healy, Campaign Director of Neurodiversity Celebration Week, will be joined by several of our panel chairs. We’ll be talking about what ‘Celebrating Neurodiversity’ means for us, what we think organisations can do differently and we will be sharing our reflections on neurodiversity advocacy in 2023.
We’ll also be previewing the events schedule and what you can expect during Neurodiversity Celebration Week in 2023.
Please do join us as we kick off the celebrations!
Please note that our events are not being recorded, to encourage our participants to speak openly about their personal stories and experiences.
Aidan Healy | Event Chair
Neurodiversity Celebration Week Campaign Director
Aidan Healy is a Business Psychologist, Campaign Director for Neurodiversity Celebration Week and Chair of Lexxic.
He is on a mission to create a world where all minds belong. A world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, regardless of the type of brain they have. By celebrating neurodiversity, he believes we can create a more inclusive and equitable society for all.
He has over fifteen years of experience in people development roles holding qualifications in psychology, leadership development and coaching.
Lexxic are a specialist consultancy who are leaders in the field of neurodiversity. With a fifteen-year track record, they partner with organisations, schools, universities, and members of the public to make a positive difference. They create Neurodiversity Smart workplace cultures, high impact training programmes and deliver support services to neurodivergent individuals.
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.
CEO at Aventido and Co-President at DATEurope
For over two decades Antony has been part of the AT industry, working with manufacturers, publishers, standards organisations, and service providers to develop needs-based solutions.
Antony is the CEO and co-founder of Aventido Limited, an international value-added Distributor, PR and Marketing agency which specialises in digital assistive technologies. In addition, he has also provided volunteer support for the British Standards Institute, co-created ATEC, former Chair of BATA, and most recently elected as Co-President of DATEurope, the European industry association for digital assistive technology.
Through his work with DATEurope and BATA, Antony has engaged with UK Government departments such as the Cabinet Office, the Home Office, DfE and DWP, and international organisations such as the WHO, ATScale and ATIA.
Chief Executive of Diversity and Ability, Co-founder / Director of Zaytoun CiC and Trustee for Disability Rights UK
Atif Choudhury is an award-winning social entrepreneur with a background in economic justice and disability inclusion. Focusing on the inclusion of marginalised communities, Atif has worked on high profile social development projects across the world. He is the Co-founder and CEO of Diversity and Ability and Zaytoun CiC (the world’s first Fairtrade Palestinian olive oil cooperative), as well as a trustee for Disability Rights UK.
Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Creased Puddle
Diagnosed at 47 with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Caroline is the Founder and Managing Director of Creased Puddle Ltd a UK based Neurodiversity training and consultancy company. Caroline spent 21 years as a Police Officer qualifying to Inspector before retiring in 2017.
Prior to leaving she was supported by her Chief Officer team to create the first Neurodiversity support group in British Policing. Creased Puddle was launched in early 2018 and has since grown to become a recognised centre of expertise for Neurodiversity.
Caroline employs professionals with a range of Neurological differences which all bring their unique talents to Creased Puddle, securing its ‘Disability Confident Employer’ status.
Elizabeth Takyi was diagnosed with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Irlen Syndrome, in her adulthood. She was also diagnosed with Dyscalculia in 2019.
Elizabeth successfully run a charitable organisation for 6 and half years company based in London. (2016-2022)
After identifying a gap in support services, She took it upon herself to support adults with Dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, who want to start their own business, go back to further education or improve their employability skills as well as dyslexia and well-being.
Elizabeth tells her story the high and lows of living with Dyslexia, and how assisted technology changed her life for the better.
Founder & Consultant Pete Quinn Consulting Ltd, College Fellow at Derwent College University of York and Guest Lecturer Education University of Hong Kong.
Pete founded this Consultancy following a career spanning nearly 20 years in student support, as a specialist in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Neurodiversity at the Universities of Oxford Brookes, Oxford and York.
Since 2016 Pete has undertaken projects with Durham University (whole institution Health & Well-being Strategy and current Disability Service benchmarking project), Middlesex University (Inclusive Curriculum Framework Development), HESA (Wellbeing Strategy), Greenwich (Student Wellbeing and Support Services review) and University of Edinburgh (Disability Services review ).
Current projects include with the University of Bristol Neurodiversity Staff Network and a Research Project with a University of Oxford Doctoral Training Centre focussing on the experience of disabled and neurodiverse doctoral students in the Life Sciences
Founder and Director of ADHD Girls
Dr Samantha Hiew is the Director of ADHD Girls, a neurodiversity keynote speaker and consultant with a background in communications and medical science PhD, and is an autistic-ADHDer, dyspraxic and Touretter.
Sam specialises in demystifying ADHD & neurodiversity. Her work bridges two worlds - those with lived experiences of neurodivergence & those who don't - so we work towards integration within society.
Her work has been recognised with double nominations of “Stereotype Buster” and Community Choice” categories at the 2022 Celebrating Neurodiversity Awards.
Theo Smith is a social impact entrepreneur and leading Neurodiversity advocate. Smith promotes 'Neurodiversity by Design' rather than neurodiversity by accident and points to companies from IBM to EY to Microsoft who now see neurodivergent talent as a key element to their success. His book, Neurodiversity at Work won Business Book Awards 2022. Theo is a passionate speaker, author, and podcaster, bringing a unique voice to an emerging area of DE&I strategy.
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.
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.