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Neurodiversity Celebration Week 21 – 27 March 2022

7 March 2022

Neurodiversity is the concept that all humans vary in terms of how we think and process information. Everyone has talents and things they find challenging. 

Today, those neurological differences are given labels such as autism spectrum conditions, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia and others. 


We are all neurodiverse… but a few are neurodivergent

Neurodiversity is often misunderstood as 'you are different from me' – where one is neurotypical and the other is not. But what it really stands for is the acknowledgement of simply 'being different from each other'.

During Neurodiversity Celebration Week we will be sharing useful resources, personal stories and running some information sessions.

Reflecting on the importance of neurodiversity awareness, Sienna Castellon, founder of the Neurodiversity Celebration Week says:

“My experience of growing up being rejected and judged for being different motivated me to bring about change. I am autistic and also have dyslexia, dyspraxia, and ADHD. Neurodiversity Celebration Week flips the narrative by shining a spotlight on the neurodivergent community's strengths, talents, and accomplishments. It's a platform through which to recognise and amplify the achievements of people who view the world from a different angle and who have much to contribute to their schools, local communities, workplaces, and the world at large.”

Autism awareness for statutory services in Derby and Derbyshire

Monday 21 March 2022 from midday to 1.30pm.

This is a free introductory course for statutory services in Derbyshire delivered by Autism Information and Advice.

The main course objectives are:

  • to gain a basic, working understanding of Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), neurodevelopmental conditions and neurodiversity
  • to understand the difference between ASC and learning difficulties
  • to gain an understanding of the central 3 challenges of ASC - communication and language, social understanding and relationships, and impaired imaginative thought and inflexibility of thoughts and behaviours
  • to have knowledge of approaches to understanding and supporting these 3 challenges – being person-centred, planning and preparation, creating a safe environment, minimising sensory disturbances, and practical advice

Find out more or book a place on Monday 21 March 2022.

Celebrating neurodiversity - awareness session

Tuesday 22 March 2022 from 10am to 10.45am.

Join us to celebrate neurodiversity. In this short session we aim to explore what neurodiversity is, some of the terminology and examples of strengths and challenges associated with neurodiversity.

Please email lukasz.gazda@derbyshire.gov.uk to book a place.

Dyslexia awareness session

Thursday 24 March 2022 from midday to 1pm.

This session is for anyone wishing to develop their knowledge and understanding of dyslexia. Whether you are an employee or a manager wanting to learn more or interested in support available. Join us!

Delivered by Dee Caunt, Chief Executive from the Dyslexia Association, the session will:

  • explore the terminology, facts and myths associated with dyslexia
  • improve your understanding of how dyslexia presents in practice and its strengths
  • explore types of support available.

Please email lukasz.gazda@derbyshire.gov.uk to book a place. Please note, this session will be recorded.

Neurodiversity lunchtime - peer support drop-in session

Friday 25 March 2022 from midday to 12.45pm.

A safe and informal space for talking about neurodiversity in a peer support setting, share experiences and discuss ideas. You can drop in and leave as you wish.

Bring your lunch, grab a brew and we can have a catch up.

Join the meeting on the day – save the link into your calendar or email luke.oldham@derbyshire.gov.uk for the calendar invite or for more information.