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Neurodiverse Voices Not Heard: Are They Harder to Reach or Easier to Ignore

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

12:30 - 14:00 GMT

About the event

Intersectionality is a framework for understanding how an individual's social, cultural and political identity can combine to create discrimination and privilege (Kimberlé Crenshaw, 1989). When we look at neurodiversity through the lens of intersectionality, some neurodiverse individuals can experience a perfect storm of exclusion, creating even more significant obstacles to success.

It can result in a convergence of stereotypes, forces people to hide parts of themselves constantly and it hits hard. Some neurodiverse individuals can be doubly (or triply) oppressed.

In addition, these individuals often don't have a voice or the confidence to speak up. Some young people can receive a diagnosis early in life, with the support of their parents and educational professionals. But many others only receive their diagnosis much later in life, not at all, or even receive a diagnosis when they are in prison.

Please join us for a panel discussion where we explore how we can reach the voices in our community that are less seldom heard and create a neuroinclusive world for all. We will explore topics such as:

  • How neurodiversity is intertwined with gender, sexual orientation, mental health, race, and more

  • Moving away from a defensive position and enabling open conversations to happen without fear

  • Not having to prove yourself more than others

  • Valuing each person for who they are

  • Recognising where discrimination is happening and being able to call it out with confidence

  • Reflecting and being humble to our mistakes

  • Avoiding one-off campaigns or tokenistic projects because they look good

 

This is a free online event via Zoom.

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Host: Atif Choudhury, Founder & CEO of Diversity and Ability

Panelists:

  • Onyinye Udokporo, CEO & Founder at Enrich Learning, EdTech Entrepreneur, Educator, Public Speaker and Dyslexic Author 

  • Marcia Brissett-Bailey, Special Needs Consultant

  • Nahid Behzadi, Learning Manager, Crisis Skylight London

  • Brian Lutchmiah, Manager, Inclusive Education, D&A

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