02 Jan Positive Thinking And The Unstoppable Force Of Progress Towards Inclusion
This week I’ve been thinking about positivity and progress. Anyone who keeps up with the news would be forgiven for thinking that there is not much to be positive about at the moment.
While it is all too easy to go down that rabbit hole let’s take a moment to flip the narrative, and focus on how far we’ve come in diversity and inclusion.
Flip The Narrative
In my own field, I’m very proud to be standing shoulder to shoulder with some tremendous female leaders who are out there leading the way in the field of neurodiversity, either by campaigning, running charities, innovating technology that supports, or simply role modelling how to be successful when neurodiverse.
One such woman is 17-year-old Siena Castellon, a fearless and inspiring Londoner, diagnosed with ADHD, autism and dyslexia who last year created Neurodiversity Celebration Week. In the space of 12 months, she’s taken this idea and it’s going viral. Last year, she had about 200 schools, U.K. based. This year, she has schools in the U.S., New Zealand, UAE–over 300,000 pupils will be taking part in the campaign. It’s a simple idea; let’s think about all the things that are good about neurodiversity, and take time to learn more. Because her campaigns have the whole school involved, the week means that people outside the neurodiversity bubble are learning and we are busting stereotypes. It’s essential because the education system on the whole has been less embracing of neurodiversity than the workplace so far. More power to you, Siena!