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Welcome to The Invisible Gift, the show all about turning the Neurodiversity into possibility.

Andrew Kitley grew up knowing he was different. His dyslexia and ADHD made it difficult for Andrew to learn the same way others did in school. Despite Andrew possessing exceptional abilities in other areas, he was told he had a problem, a disability. Andrew left school frustrated, unfulfilled, without reaching his full potential.

This could have been a disaster but it turned out to be a blessing. Andrew would work his way up the literal and metaphorical ladder to become Managing Director of Kitall: a structural engineering firm. Under Andrew's guidance, Kitall is now one of the most sought after names to complete complex engineering projects in the UK.

Now, Andrew is under no illusion he has a gift. His dyslexia, his neurodiversity, has made him determined, adaptive, and creative. Andrew is on a mission to learn more about neurodiversity. How it can challenge, define, and empower. In The Invisible Gift, Andrew will seek the advice and inspiration of another trailblazer who has defied the odds to achieve the extraordinary - turning their challenge into an invisible gift.

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Welcome to The Invisible Gift, the show all about turning the Neurodiversity into possibility.

Andrew Kitley grew up knowing he was different. His dyslexia and ADHD made it difficult for Andrew to learn the same way others did in school. Despite Andrew possessing exceptional abilities in other areas, he was told he had a problem, a disability. Andrew left school frustrated, unfulfilled, without reaching his full potential.

This could have been a disaster but it turned out to be a blessing. Andrew would work his way up the literal and metaphorical ladder to become Managing Director of Kitall: a structural engineering firm. Under Andrew's guidance, Kitall is now one of the most sought after names to complete complex engineering projects in the UK.

Now, Andrew is under no illusion he has a gift. His dyslexia, his neurodiversity, has made him determined, adaptive, and creative. Andrew is on a mission to learn more about neurodiversity. How it can challenge, define, and empower. In The Invisible Gift, Andrew will seek the advice and inspiration of another trailblazer who has defied the odds to achieve the extraordinary - turning their challenge into an invisible gift.

    Homeschooling and neurodiversity with Jenny Sandler

    Homeschooling and neurodiversity with Jenny Sandler

    Episode Description:
    On today’s podcast, Andrew is joined by homeschooling expert Jenny Sandler. Jenny is the founder of her business homeschool UK where she offers specialised tutoring to neurodivergent children.
    In the show, Jenny identifies why undiagnosed ADHD is a public health issue, Andrew and Jenny discuss why teachers in Britain lack the education needed to support neurodiversity, and Jenny reveals just how much the UK government actually spends on a child’s education
    Top Quote:
    “The widespread mismanaged and undiagnosed ADHD is a public health issue.” - Jenny Sandler

    About the host:
    The Invisible Gift is hosted by entrepreneur and dyslexic, Andrew Kitley. With twenty years experience, Andrew Kitley has worked his way up the metaphorical and literal ladder to become Managing Director of Kitall: an engineering firm.
    Under Andrew's guidance, Kitall is now one of the most sought after names to complete complex engineering projects in the UK. In each episode of The Invisible Gift, Andrew seeks the advice and inspiration of a fellow trailblazer who has defied the odds to achieve the extraordinary - turning the challenge of dyslexia into a gift.

    About the guest:
    Jenny Sandler is a teacher and founder of Homeschooling UK. She has a BA in Psychology and Education, a Masters in Literacy Learning and Literacy Difficulties and another Masters in Education - with a specialism around autism. Jenny is originally from California but has been living and working in the UK as a teacher and tutor for almost two decades. She started her business Homeschool UK - in 2019. In 2020, Jenny learned she had ADHD.

    Resources:
    http://theinvisiblegift.com/
    https://www.kitall.co.uk/
    https://www.onefineplay.com/
    https://www.homeschooluk.com/

    • 58 min
    The Invisible Gift workshops with Paloma Forde

    The Invisible Gift workshops with Paloma Forde

    Episode Description:
    On today’s very special episode, we’re bringing back one of our favourite guests from season one - educational specialist Paloma Forde to talk about the invisible gift workshops they've been launching to schools. In the episode, Andrew and Paloma explain in more detail what the workshops are, Andrew opens up about his ultimate goal for them in the future, and Paloma reveals the shocking statistic that shows the mental health crisis young people face today.
    Top Quotes:
    “My goal with these workshops is that someone, ten years from now, sits on a couch and talks about the workshop they did in school - called the invisible gift - and how it changed their life.” - Andrew Kitley
    “We want to get to the stage with these workshops that parents are no longer like ‘oh no - my child got diagnosed with dyslexia’. We want them to be able to see neurodiversity as an invisible gift. We want them to say, when their child gets diagnosed, ‘okay, my child has dyslexia. What do I need to do now?” - Paloma Forde
    About the host:
    The Invisible Gift is hosted by entrepreneur and dyslexic, Andrew Kitley. With twenty years experience, Andrew Kitley has worked his way up the metaphorical and literal ladder to become Managing Director of Kitall: an engineering firm.
    Under Andrew's guidance, Kitall is now one of the most sought after names to complete complex engineering projects in the UK. In each episode of The Invisible Gift, Andrew seeks the advice and inspiration of a fellow trailblazer who has defied the odds to achieve the extraordinary - turning the challenge of dyslexia into a gift.
    About the guest:
    Paloma Forde is a teaching specialist and founder of the award winning business Screening4Dyslexia. Paloma has worked for over twenty years in teaching. She initially specialised in autism but became aware of the lack of research and understanding in dyslexia, and began researching the topic herself. Paloma has since developed teaching strategies that are designed to aid dyslexic children in their learning and education.
    Paloma now advocates for the early screening and intervention of children with dyslexia, arguing children must be given the tools to adapt and thrive with dyslexia. In 2017, Paloma founded Screening4Dyslexia: A business dedicated to providing affordable and accurate testing for younger children. In 2017, her work was recognised nationally by The Sunday Business newspaper - Winning the ‘Small Business Award’, presented by Theo Paphitis.

    Resources:
    https://www.kitall.co.uk/
    https://screening4dyslexia.com/
    https://www.onefineplay.com/
    http://theinvisiblegift.com/

    • 44 min
    Realising your dream and labelling theory with Katie Glass

    Realising your dream and labelling theory with Katie Glass

    Episode Description:
    On today’s episode of the show, Andrew meets award winning journalist - Katie Glass. In the episode, Katie describes what it was like growing up with dyslexia and how she realised her dream of becoming a journalist despite her personal obstacles, and they also discuss the problem with labels.
    Top Quotes:
    “If you give yourself a label you allow other people to label you. Therefore, if you don’t label yourself, you don’t limit yourself.” - Andrew
    “I think I do have an invisible gift from dyslexia to take complex subjects and make them accessible.” - Katie Glass

    About the host:
    The Invisible Gift is hosted by entrepreneur and dyslexic, Andrew Kitley. With twenty years experience, Andrew Kitley has worked his way up the metaphorical and literal ladder to become Managing Director of Kitall: an engineering firm.
    Under Andrew's guidance, Kitall is now one of the most sought after names to complete complex engineering projects in the UK. In each episode of The Invisible Gift, Andrew seeks the advice and inspiration of a fellow trailblazer who has defied the odds to achieve the extraordinary - turning the challenge of dyslexia into a gift.

    About the guest:
    Katie Glass is an award winning journalist whose work regularly appears in UK publications including The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Evening Standard, The Sun, Condé Nast Traveller, The Spectator, Grazia and Elle Magazine. An established feature writer, Katie specialises in long-form features and interviews. Often exploring issues affecting young people she has investigated County Lines, children who commit violent crimes, and online sexual extortion. In a 2022 Telegraph article, Katie stated she was a ‘secret dyslexic’.

    Resources:
    http://theinvisiblegift.com/
    https://katie-glass.co.uk/
    https://www.kitall.co.uk/
    https://www.onefineplay.com/

    • 44 min
    Pet peeves for dyslexics and why we were all born to dance with Charlotte Edmonds

    Pet peeves for dyslexics and why we were all born to dance with Charlotte Edmonds

    Episode Description:
    On today’s episode of the podcast, I’m joined by choreographer, dancer and filmmaker Charlotte Edmonds. In the episode, Charlotte and Andrew talk about why we were all born to move and dance. They discuss some of our biggest pet peeves around dyslexia, and the perils of writing emails for dyslexic.
    Top Quotes:
    “I feel like dyslexia has made me empathetic to other people. That’s my invisible gift.” - Charlotte Edmonds
    "When you look at other cultures, dance and movement is far more important. In western societies we seem to suppress it but for me - we were all born to dance." - Andrew Kitley
    About the host:
    The Invisible Gift is hosted by entrepreneur and dyslexic, Andrew Kitley. With twenty years experience, Andrew Kitley has worked his way up the metaphorical and literal ladder to become Managing Director of Kitall: an engineering firm.
    Under Andrew's guidance, Kitall is now one of the most sought after names to complete complex engineering projects in the UK. In each episode of The Invisible Gift, Andrew seeks the advice and inspiration of a fellow trailblazer who has defied the odds to achieve the extraordinary - turning the challenge of dyslexia into a gift.
    About the guest:
    Charlotte Edmonds is a choreographer, dancer and filmmaker. She studied at The Royal Ballet Lower School and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, and from 2016-2018 she was The Royal Ballet’s Inaugural Young Choreographer.
    Charlotte is also a freelance artist working on movement in film, fashion, theatre and dance companies across the world. In 2018, Charlotte was selected by Wayne McGregor as a choreographer for the BBC film Winged Bull In The Elephant Case performed by Alessandra Ferri and James Pett. In recent years, she created Move Beyond Words, which explores the relationship between dance and dyslexia.

    Resources:
    https://charlotteedmonds.com/
    https://www.movebeyondwords.co.uk/
    http://theinvisiblegift.com/
    https://www.kitall.co.uk/
    https://www.onefineplay.com/

    • 50 min
    Moving beyond words and nurturing creativity with Elizabeth Arifien

    Moving beyond words and nurturing creativity with Elizabeth Arifien

    Episode Description:
    On today’s episode of the podcast, Andrew is joined by by filmmaker and musical theatre actress Elizabeth Arifien. In the episode, Elizabeth explains how her dyslexia and challenges in school led to her career in dance. Elizabeth also describes the genesis behind the initiative she co-founded with Charlotte Edmonds, Move Beyond Words, and their plans for it are going forward.
    Top Quotes:
    “Due to my dyslexia, I was drawn to dance. I wasn’t able to express myself through words but being physical became like a language to me. I’m so grateful I have that. That’s why spreading it through the world and communities I work is so important to me.” - Elizabeth Arifien
    “We know now that being empathetic is a part of having dyslexia. So I think empathy is my invisible gift.” - Elizabeth Arifien

    About the host:
    The Invisible Gift is hosted by entrepreneur and dyslexic, Andrew Kitley. With twenty years experience, Andrew Kitley has worked his way up the metaphorical and literal ladder to become Managing Director of Kitall: an engineering firm.
    Under Andrew's guidance, Kitall is now one of the most sought after names to complete complex engineering projects in the UK. In each episode of The Invisible Gift, Andrew seeks the advice and inspiration of a fellow trailblazer who has defied the odds to achieve the extraordinary - turning the challenge of dyslexia into a gift.

    About the guest:
    Elizabeth Arifien is an actress in musical theatre, dancer, and a filmmaker. Elizabeth creates emotive performances and projects for others driven by personal and societal themes. Her collaborative works have been shared on stage and screen at the V&A, Royal Opera House and Lilian Baylis - Sadlers Wells. Alongside performing in shows she has conceptualised and produced over 40 events, films and workshops. In 2016 she founded Visceral Creative to assist and expand creativity into under-represented communities across London. Elizabeth also performed as Ikette in Tina Turner the Musical. Elizabeth is dyslexic and co-founder alongside Charlotte Edmonds of Move Beyond Words.

    Resources:
    https://elizabethrosearifien.com/about
    https://www.movebeyondwords.co.uk/
    http://theinvisiblegift.com/
    https://www.kitall.co.uk/
    https://www.onefineplay.com/

    • 45 min
    Overcoming adversity and the importance of a growth mindset with Joe Garner

    Overcoming adversity and the importance of a growth mindset with Joe Garner

    Episode Description:
    Today, Andrew is joined by Joe Garner, co-founder of property development company New Place Associates. In the episode, Joe opens up about his struggles with addiction and mental health - and how he overcome them. Andrew and Joe also also discuss what they do as entrepreneurs to counteract the challenges presented by ADHD, and why the loss of community centres has been a devastating blow for so many.
    Top Quotes:
    “Who you surround yourself with is so important. No matter what your shortcomings are your network can improve you because they improve your standards. That can make you successful.” - Andrew
    “You need to fail often, fail hard but fail forward.” - Andrew

    About the host:
    The Invisible Gift is hosted by entrepreneur and dyslexic, Andrew Kitley. With twenty years experience, Andrew Kitley has worked his way up the metaphorical and literal ladder to become Managing Director of Kitall: an engineering firm.
    Under Andrew's guidance, Kitall is now one of the most sought after names to complete complex engineering projects in the UK. In each episode of The Invisible Gift, Andrew seeks the advice and inspiration of a fellow trailblazer who has defied the odds to achieve the extraordinary - turning the challenge of dyslexia into a gift.

    About the guest:
    Joe Garner is an entrepreneur and founder of New Place Associates. After studying law at university and completing the Legal Practice Course - Joe was offered a graduate role combining his two passions, construction and contract law. Joe joined Knight Harwood where he spearheaded a commercial team that delivered projects in the One Hyde Park development and the Chiltern St Firehouse whilst also passing his APC to become a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. In 2018, Joe co-founded New Place Associates: a property development company that has built over 50 affordable houses since 2018. Joe has Pure-O OCD and ADHD.

    Resources:
    https://www.thisisnewplace.com/
    http://theinvisiblegift.com/
    https://www.kitall.co.uk/
    https://www.onefineplay.com/

    • 55 min

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