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UTC Reading celebrate Neurodiversity week

During 15th -21st March 2021, UTC Reading celebrated Neurodiversity Week, shining the light on all that makes us different, but also the difficulties and in some cases, advantages, that living with neurodivergent conditions can bring.

The SEN Department at UTC Reading spent many hours on wonderful decorations and important messages about neurodiversity.

They also distributed wristbands so that students and staff could write on them what was special about them!

The week culminated in a Neurodiversity Panel Event, with six speakers with neurodivergent conditions, who spoke about their experiences in education and work, and how they have learnt to make the most out of what makes them different.

The event opened with a few words from our Director of SEN, Georgina Craven, followed by our first panellist, Jacob Fritz, an English Teacher at Maiden Erlegh Reading, speaking about  his experiences of growing up with ADHD.

Second we heard from Jack Jordan-Connelly, who also has ADHD and has learnt to use it to his advantage.

Next up was Dr Andrew Kaye, who has struggled with dyslexia throughout his career and adult life, who gave us a generational view of neurodivergence, by comparing his experiences and those of his son.

Dr Kaye was followed by Dr Adam Berlie, a colleague at STFC, who spoke about his work as a muon instrument scientist at the ISIS Neutron and Muon Facility and how proud he is to be dyslexic! 

We then heard from Nicola Whiting, co-owner of Titania Group, a multi award winning global business and an Amazon bestselling author, who is very active in the neurodivergent community, ensuring that those with neurodivergent conditions are being correctly represented. Nicola stressed that Neurodiversity is a key element to business success.

Last but not least came Grace Williamson, a teacher and business owner who spoke about learning to manage her learning difficulties and using them for the benefit of others. 

It was great to hear from such a variety of different people from different backgrounds and with different life experiences.

Many thanks to all speakers and to the audience for the great questions to the panel. If you missed this event, you can watch the recording back, here.  

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