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WorkPride - Panel: The relationship between neurodiversity and LGBTQ+

Neurodiversity was coined in 1998 by sociologist Judy Singer, it refers to a social model of disability, in which societal barriers are the main contributing factor that disables people, namely in terms of learning, attention, mood, sociability and other mental functions. 

 

The LGBTQ+ community is already a target for discrimination when it comes to recruitment, development and retention within organizations worldwide. Add disability or Neurodiversity into the mix, it gets even harder for some individuals to secure a job and pursue a meaningful career.  


This panel aims to explore the role of neurodiversity in members of the LGBTQ+ community and what strategies are available for organizations to help reduce the prejudice associated with hiring and maintaining such individuals.


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Speakers:

  • Bhavya Pahwa
    Bhavya Pahwa
    Dr
    I am a Medical Student at UCMS, Delhi. Science is something that I've been in love with ,since I would say, ages! How and Why things happen in a certain way has always attracted me. Observing things and applying them to medicine arena has been my thing. I love to study random research articles and magazines. I'm an aspiring Neurosurgeon. I'm an SRHR Advocate Other than Research and Science, Art and Dance are my therapy! I am the founder of Founder at IRIDESCENCE-Promoting SOGIESC and LGBTQIA+ Rights. We are India's first ever SOGIESC and LGBT rights promotion club in any medical Institution. Our advisors are well renowned faces of the Medical/LGBT fraternity. follow for more updates, Ig @iridescence_ucms
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    Jack Dyrhauge
    Jack Dyrhauge
    CEO
    Neuropool
    Jack Dyrhauge is an Autistic, ADHD entrepreneur on a mission the change employment odds for Neurodiverse job seekers and professionals. Currently CEO at Neuropool who are building the largest pool of Neurodiverse talent in the UK. 1 in 7 of the worlds population are Neurodiverse and a large percentage are are unemployed and those who are in the workplace still face daily challenges with gender discrimination, ableism and stigma. Over 100,000 neurodiverse young adults turn 18 every year in the UK. A large percentage of these young adults are not entering employment due to lack of innovation, training, and accessibility to career pathways and employment opportunities, Neuropool was founded to help address this issue. We help our clients become more accommodating to neurodiverse employees and increase the quality of your workforce by working closely with HR, recruitment and management teams. We provide a platform to create a more inclusive and productive working environment for everyone. Our platform is designed to guide neurodiverse students to employment opportunities across all fields; bringing together academic institutions, neurodiverse candidates, and employers to improve traction and employment rates among neurodiverse students and graduates.
  • Eric Ascher
    Eric Ascher
    Communications Associate
    RespectAbility
  • sara kedge
    sara kedge
    Neurodiversity Consultant and Coach
    Sara Kedge Communications
    Recognising superpowers. Building a world where super human talent is celebrated ........................................................................................................................................................................... You know you have the right balance in life for you when you bounce out of bed in the morning. This doesn't mean every day is a rainbow covered joy-fest, but you achieved that point where you like what you have, and you have what you like. ................................................................................................................................................................................ I will help you get there. And get there quicker than you would do on your own. ............................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................... Coaching ............................................................................................................................................................................... Having that space to work out for yourself where you want to go, and how to recognise your neurodiversity as an asset. Ultimately helping you live your best life- whether that is entrepreneurship, career, or life choices. You are investing in you, and in return you get access to my expertise in business, entrepreneurship and neurodiversity to help you move forwards. ............................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................... Training ............................................................................................................................................................................... Your organisation is wanting to get the best from your employees. Yet you are not optimising the superpowers the 1:7 of us who are NeuroDiverse have to offer. It might be you, or your employees don’t fully understand what it is, and how it can help your business be more successful. My ABC of ND is an introductory programme helping you raise awareness across your workforce. The rapid audit of results will help you identify ways of accelerating the brilliance the ND brain has to offer into tangible business outputs. ............................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................... Consultancy. ............................................................................................................................................................................... You know you want to become a more inclusive employer. You already recognise there is benefits to your mission in making every employee work to their potential. Yet at the moment you have issues- it might be recruiting and retaining neurodiverse talent, building systems to support neurodivergent employees to excel or you want to enable your management and leadership approach to usualise difference. ............................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................... Join the community! ............................................................................................................................................................................... I host an online community of neurodiverse entrepreneurs- How 2 Entrepreneuro. We provide community support and resources to help the ND create and grow their businesses. This year we launched our first (and now a bestseller) book anthology of case studies of neurodiverse entrepreneurs- Neurodiverse Entrepreneurial Awesomeness.
  • Laura Bell
    Laura Bell
    Director
    Neurovation Ltd
    Laura Bell, Founder and Director of Neurovation Ltd is a commercially minded, creative thinking, passionate and people-focused senior HR professional with over 17 years HR experience advising business leaders. CIPD qualified and with a background in Psychology Laura strives for people excellence within organisations and has worked directly with neurodiverse employees implementing many inclusive working practices. Identifying as Neurodivergent herself, Laura has a fantastic network of neurodiverse individuals and organisations, has collaborated with other Neurodivergent-led organisations and firmly believes the Neurodiversity movement should be led by Neurodivergent people who are best placed to advise organisations on Neurodiversity. Along with her professional career, Laura has been a Trustee at a learning disabilities charity for over 3 years.
  • Julie Sowash
    Julie Sowash
    Executive Director
    Disability Solutions
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