Final Thoughts, Celebrating Neurodiversity Awards and Conference 2019
We were so thrilled to have been able to host our first Celebrating Neurodiversity events this year. It was incredibly rewarding for us as an organisation to be responsible for so many coming together to share their experiences, expertise and to celebrate all things neurodiversity. We were incredibly privileged to be in the company of many neurodiversity champions including Judy Singer, John Levell, Steve Silberman Prof Amanda Kirby, Hector Minto and many more! There was a real sense of inclusion and that people were discovering their #tribe, an environment Genius Within CIC hope to keep facilitating through our future events.
Our nominated charity for 2019
A really important factor in celebrating neurodiversity this year was that we also wanted to raise money through these events for our nominated charity – Tourettes Action. With supporters and attendees help we managed to raise over £2000 across these events!
2019 Award winners – Who were they?
Our award winners this year really showcased true neurodiverse talent. Our nominations were filled with so many worthy winners, but (somehow!) our panel manage to whittle it down to the following winners:
- Neurodiverse achiever of the year – Marcus Wilton
- Stereotype buster of the year – Natalie Pearson
- Neurodiverse research of the year – Dr Helen Taylor
Highly commended – Do-IT solutions
- Inclusion project of the year – Keiron Long
- Genius of the year – Sienna Castellon
- Assistive Technology implementation of the year – Microsoft and DocsPlus
If you would like more information on what made our winners deserving of their awards, you can find that here!
In case you missed our conference this year, we have a few links to conference material below…
World Café insights
During the World Café session at our Conference, five thought provoking questions were discussed and our delegates shared their own perceptions and experiences. We collated the responses into a series of blog posts which can be accessed on our website by clicking on your chosen discussion topic –
- How can we support ND children to find their niche?
- What are your top examples of neurodifferent inclusion?
- Labelling ‘neurodiversity’
- Reasonable adjustments, what are your experiences and concerns?
- Does neurodiversity mean never having to say you’re sorry? How do we accommodate clashing patterns of thinking and communication?
Breakout session insights
The speakers at this year’s conference shared their passion, knowledge, hopes and fears to a full house. Below are just a few insights into what was discussed during the breakout sessions from our conference this year;
- Professor Amanda Kirby delivered a breakout session discussing ‘Why a person-centred approach is essential’. Take a look at Amanda’s info-graphics and resources, for an insight into the flavour of discussion that took place during this session.
- Clare Cherry’s breakout session discussing ‘Neurodiversity and Employability, progress on social inclusion’ produced some wonderful good news stories, they can be found here.
- James Lawley’s breakout session focused on the features of Clean Language. His session also featured Clean Language in action with a client, a transcript of which can be found here.
SAVE THE DATE…
Our Celebrating Neurodiversity events were such a success this year that we are thrilled to announce that they will be returning for 2020!
Our Celebrating Neurodiversity Awards will tie in with Siena Castellon’s Neurodiversity Celebration Week in March (16th – 20th), showcasing and celebrating the inspirational ventures and ground-breaking research, currently taking place within the neurodiverse community.
Our Next Level Neurodiversity Conference will be on the 19th of June 2020, in Oxford courtesy of our sponsor, IHG. Our focus will however be shifting from the previous conference. Though it will still celebrate neurodiversity, our conference will be targeted at professionals, coaches and practitioners in the field. This will be a day to take a deep dive workshop (or two) and develop your practice to the ‘next level’. The conference will focus on the Organisational Science of Neurodiversity, with the view to discuss and share current themes surrounding neurodiversity and evidence based solutions for individuals, teams and professionals.
Dates, booking, speaker and location info for our 2020 Awards and Conference will be announced soon on our social media platforms and website.
A final note for our sponsors
We must also say a big thank you to last year’s sponsors, who without we would not have been able to host such inclusive, celebratory events;
Thank you to all who attended, presented at and contributed to our events this year!
If you are interested in sponsoring one of our award categories or conference next year, get in touch with our Business Development team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.