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Wednesday 15th June 2022

Spotlight Session: Support and Encouraging Neurodiversity

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Perhaps more than any other sector, the creative industries relies on unique perspectives to solve problems, develop new products and services and surface new ways of working- but just how accessible an environment is it for neurodivergent creatives, how can the sector better promote cognitive diversity- and how do more traditional assessments of ability add barriers? This panel session brings together speakers with a depth of knowledge and experience to discuss the opportunities and challenges faced by people with neurodivergent features, whether we are doing enough to allow everyone to work to their potential, offer perspectives on better recruitment and discuss support for those who fall into this category already in employment across the sector.

Chair

    Dr Nancy Doyle

    Dr Nancy Doyle is a Chartered Psychologist, in organisational and occupational psychology and the founder and owner of Genius Within CIC, a social enterprise dedicated to facilitating neurodiversity inclusion through consultancy, talent assessment, workshops and coaching for businesses. Dr Doyle’s ambition is a future where all neurominorities are able to maximise their potential and work to their strengths.

    She also co-created and featured in both series of the award-winning BBC Two series Employable Me, where she supported a group of extraordinary job seekers to unlock their own unique talents and abilities in order to secure employment. Syndicated in 2019 in the USA as The Employables, Dr Doyle continued to deliver the trademark positive assessments and Employable Genius group coaching with some extraordinary individuals as they search for work. The show has been incredibly successful illustrating that neurodiversity should not be a barrier to employment.

    Dr Doyle is also the Co-Director of first UK centre for Neurodiversity research with Birkbeck, University of London having completed her Doctoral Research at City University of London. She advises NGOs, international and national civil servants and political groups on how to improve disability inclusion. In 2019 she was recognised by the British Psychological Society with an award for her contribution to Policy Impact in Occupational Psychology.



Speakers

    Chris Bonnello
    Autistic Advocate, Award-winning Writer & Teacher

    Chris Bonnello is an autistic advocate, award-winning writer and international speaker, also a novelist and a teacher in an autism-specific special school (formerly a primary school teacher). In 2015 he launched Autistic Not Weird to share his insights from both a personal and professional perspective, a venture which has seen him attract 155,000 Facebook followers and over 3 million page hits on his website (autisticnotweird.com), as well as speaking engagements as far away as India and Sydney Opera House. He is the author of the novel series “Underdogs”, a series of dystopia books with heroes from a special school, and “What We Love Most About Life”, an uplifting book designed to help autistic young people feel less alone. He was a nominee for the 2017 National Diversity Awards (Positive Role Model for Disability), two-time winner at the Autism Hero Awards (Top Journalist 2017, Online Social Community 2018) and won the National Autistic Society Professionals Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Individual on the Autism Spectrum in 2019.

    Emma Walker
    Regional Director - Auticon Scotland


    Emma is the Scottish Regional Director for auticon, an IT Consultancy and Social Enterprise employing talented autistic consultants. Emma has been leading and growing auticon’s presence in Scotland since auticon opened their office in Edinburgh in March 2019. Emma has experience of working with a wide variety of organisations, in roles including Human Resource Management, Business Development, Client Relationship and IT consultancy.

    With qualifications in autism and coaching, Emma is well equipped to support a growing number of consultants, in addition to providing sound support and advice to clients.

    Emma has an autistic son, so has seen first-hand the challenges he faces in the job market as well as the skills and abilities he has to offer, so is passionate about helping organisations to become more inclusive and understand the benefits of a neurodiverse workforce.



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