So this year we are joining forces with the #Shamazing Siena Castellon to host the awards during #NeurodiversityCelebrationWeek in order to #LiftEachOther and #Collaborate with likeminded leaders, role models and warriors in our field.
We’re delighted to announce that Microsoft will be hosting the event and that our long time partners and collaborators, Microlink, will be sponsoring the event and the Assistive Technology Award.
Sponsorship places are still available! Please see below which awards have already been sponsored. For more information regarding sponsorship, please email email@example.com.
Not only are our events about celebrating the achievements of neurodiverse individuals and the strides being made in inclusion and research; they are also in aid of raising money for a charity who champion the neurodiverse. Subsequently, our sponsorship package price represents a donation to our chosen charity as part of the events fundraising efforts.
Last year through our Celebrating Neurodiversity Events, we managed to raise over £2000 for our nominated charity Tourettes Action!
This years nominated charity:
The PDA society.
Pathological Demand Avoidance is a widely recognised profile of autism. Those with PDA experience similar challenges to others on the autism spectrum, but additionally they experience an anxiety-driven need to be in control and avoid other people’s demands and actions. Not only is this extremely distressing for the individual, but it can have a profound impact on their care and educational providers, who need advice without judgement.
The PDA society supports over 1,200 parents, adults and health and education professionals each year by providing training for PDA, developing new tools to increase understanding, supporting those who are living and working with PDA and so much more. We are proud to be able to support their goal in raising awareness and improving the support and well-being for those with PDA through this event, we hope you are able to join us!
If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact our team on:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07845 014769
Here are the award categories!
If you would like to send a nomination, please send 200 or more words or a video clip (up to 30 seconds long) in an email to email@example.com, but remember to check with the person first!
Neurodiverse achiever of the year – Sponsored by Phoenix Software
Every celebrity that discloses their neurodiversity helps with role modelling and inspiring the next generation. However sometimes their achievements can seem unobtainable. This is award is for someone whose striving and persistence has allowed them to achieve what they thought was impossible, and provide inspiration to us mere mortals.
Assistive Technology implementation of the year – Sponsored by Microlink PC
Assistive technology makes a huge difference to inclusion. From voice to text software to mood management, the drive to systemic inclusion is accelerated through creative implementation of tools and technology. This award is for companies who have embedded technology is a way that creates a level playing field for neurodiverse people.
Stereotype buster of the year – Sponsored by Hobbs Consultancy
Neurodiversity is full of stereotypes and people being told what they can’t do. This award is for the person who has busted the stereotype and proved that the only limitation the level of our aspiration.
Genius of the Year – Sponsored by Atos
This award is for the coach, assessor or case manager whose work has gone above and beyond the call of duty. Some of our esteemed colleagues have facilitated consistent positive outcomes for our clients, creative reasonable adjustment ideas and role model their passion for the cause. Many are neurodiverse themselves and have used their own experiences of adversity to carve a trail for others to follow.
Inclusion project of the year – Sponsored by mace
While we are celebrating, we must remember that neurodiverse people are more likely to be unemployed, more likely to be incarcerated and more marginalised than neurotypicals. The award is for the projects who have done outstanding work to reduce discrimination and increase access to success for neurodiverse people.
Neurodiverse research of the year – Sponsored by Do-IT Profiler
Research in this field is lacking. What exists is generally based on neuroscience, the medical model and there isn’t enough knowledge about what actually works, intervention evaluation or creating a new conceptual framework for understanding the role of neurodiversity in human communities. We’d like to encourage new research and reward those who are striving to reduce this research blind spot
*New for 2020* Most Inclusive Education Provider of the Year – Sponsorship available!
Education is lagging behind the workplace in flexibility and appreciation of specialist thinkers, rather than generalists. We need to amplify best practice in this area and show that inclusion can be easier and more rewarding that people think.