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Wednesday, October 3 • 08:45 - 09:45
The Myth of a Normal Brain: Rewiring conventional thinking &the benefits of embracing Neurodiversity

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Ever considered how hard it is to concentrate in classrooms or in meetings because the patterns on the walls are alive? Why do the words in an email begin to dance and whirl the closer you get to a deadline? What if you couldn’t find the words to properly explain why you do things differently to everyone else? What if you preferred to explain things using pictures instead Neurodiversity is a relatively new term and focuses on the positive attributes associated with hidden disabilities, such as autism spectrum conditions (ASC), AD(H)D, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Tourette’s and Learning Disabilities to name just a few. The future of workplace diversity is not what you think but how you think. Neurodiversity allows for new perspectives and ways of thinking that spur more creative solutions and innovations. This talk offers the opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to connect and learn about these differences in a unique way and understand that there is a huge amount of untapped potential being overlooked by society in general. Come and be part of a Neurodiverse mind and discover how differently wired brains interact with their environment and the world around us.

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Sean Gilroy

Head of Cognitive Design & Neurodiversity Lead, BBC
I am the Head of Cognitive Design for BBC UX&D and the BBC’s formative Neurodiversity lead, based at MediaCityUK in Salford, England.In 2014 I co-created and led a small team researching the challenges facing Neurodivergent individuals in employment. This research delivered a series... Read More →
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Leena Haque

Senior UX Designer and Neurodiversity Lead, BBC
Leena is currently a Senior UX Designer and also Neurodiversity Lead for the BBC initiative called BBC Cape (Creating A Positive Environment) aimed at researching interactive design through the lens of cognition and neurodiversity. Autism & ADHD are Leena’s super power. She is passionate... Read More →

Wednesday October 3, 2018 08:45 - 09:45 CEST
Room 2