34 episodes

Neurodiversity - Eliminating Kryptonite & Enabling Superheroes is the Podcast that brings diversity of thought to life.

In this Podcast we will be hearing from:
The Rainmakers:
Those people and organisations making the difference!
The Advocates:
Those people who are supporting Neurodiversity at Work.
The Superheroes:
Those leaders who are Neurodifferent and proud.

This podcast will be the game changer we are all after.

Theo Smith will be your host, a loud and proud Neurodifferent, Neurodiversity advocate ;O)

#NeurodiversityAtWork
#Neurodiversity
#Inclusion

Neurodiversity - Eliminating Kryptonite & Enabling Superheroes Theo Smith

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Neurodiversity - Eliminating Kryptonite & Enabling Superheroes is the Podcast that brings diversity of thought to life.

In this Podcast we will be hearing from:
The Rainmakers:
Those people and organisations making the difference!
The Advocates:
Those people who are supporting Neurodiversity at Work.
The Superheroes:
Those leaders who are Neurodifferent and proud.

This podcast will be the game changer we are all after.

Theo Smith will be your host, a loud and proud Neurodifferent, Neurodiversity advocate ;O)

#NeurodiversityAtWork
#Neurodiversity
#Inclusion

    Ep 34: Jacki Edry reflects on becoming an author, her family, autism, neurodiversity & brain surgery

    Ep 34: Jacki Edry reflects on becoming an author, her family, autism, neurodiversity & brain surgery

    Today I am joined by Jacki Edry who is the author of Moving Forward which presents an informative, emotional, and empowering account of the challenges and struggles on the road to recovery from complicated brain surgery ‒ as well as the search for understanding, meaning, and faith. She shares with us her personal experiences as an author, an employee, and a parent.



    What we discuss:

    - Who is Jacki and why does she care about Neurodiversity

    - The global impact of being a parent of a neurodiverse child 

    - The education system, democratic schools, alternative teaching methods

    - Why Jacki set about writing the book and who is it for

    - Why there is so much confusion for parents, and a lack of support 

    - Moving the discussion from a negative mindset to a positive one

    - The importance of more parents having a voice to share with others

    - Brains work like different technology processing systems

    - Covid has provided some opportunities for change 

    - Where you can contact and connect with Jacki 



    This episode is supercharged by Dynamis Group 

    https://dynamisgroup.com/



    You can buy Amanda and Theo's new book 'Neurodiversity At Work here:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neurodiversity-Work-Performance-Productivity-Neurodiverse/dp/1398600245



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    • 50 min
    Ep 33: Zoe & Laura discussing supported Internships into the workplace

    Ep 33: Zoe & Laura discussing supported Internships into the workplace

    Today I have the pleasure of being joined by Zoe Macey from Cheshire East Council and Laura Armitage from Springfield School, to discuss supported internships and how you can use access to work to hire incredible talent. I came across their work when I read and watched a news article on Granada reports. It just goes to show there is no reason why we can't re-imagine the way we supported people into work, when previously they would have been locked out of the system.

    What we discuss:

    -Who are you and what do you do?

    -We learn specifically about the springboard project and what it means for the students

    -We discuss Adam and their other success stories

    -What types of work suits the students, it's more varied than you'd think not just the usual Tech and Maths!

    -What is the hope moving forwards

    -How is it funded, how do employers get involved, how can we all do our bit to help



    To get in contact, if you are in Cheshire East email SupportedEmployment@cheshireeast.gov.uk  - and depending on where you are located, what the role is, who the employer is etc - you could then be allocated to a specific Education Provider. This is a UK wide scheme, so please make sure you contact your local provider for support.

    IMPORTANT Info for employers: 

    They would only place an intern with an employer if it was right. It is important that employers feel confident in this approach and understand that they wouldn’t just place anybody there because there is an ‘opportunity’. It is just as important to get it right for the employer, as it is for the young person. It is also important that employers understand that a supported internship is not just work experience… it’s about learning ‘real skills’ for a ‘real job'.



    You can buy Amanda and Theo's new book 'Neurodiversity At Work here:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neurodiversity-Work-Performance-Productivity-Neurodiverse/dp/1398600245

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    • 32 min
    Ep 32: 10min Q&A with Amanda & Theo on our new book release

    Ep 32: 10min Q&A with Amanda & Theo on our new book release

    Neurodiversity At Work is here! Today we have a special addition of the podcast where we cover six key questions in under 10 minutes. 

    1. Why we wrote the book

    2. The definition for Neurodiversity

    3. Why we are failing at the recruitment process

    4. Why employers should care

    5. Where are we losing talent

    6. What are Spiky Profiles



    You can now buy it from most bookstores including Amazon, Waterstones and directly from the publishers Kogan Page.



    You can Amanda and Theo's new book 'Neurodiversity At Work here:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neurodiversity-Work-Performance-Productivity-Neurodiverse/dp/1398600245



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    #neurodiversityatwork

    #neurodiversity

    • 9 min
    Ep 31: Josh Stallings an acclaimed crime writer, Dyslexic and new book Tricky has an ND protagonist

    Ep 31: Josh Stallings an acclaimed crime writer, Dyslexic and new book Tricky has an ND protagonist

    Today I am joined by none other than crime novelist Josh Stallings. TRICKY (one of the most anticipated crime books of 2021), the book that he's probably the most proud of so far. Josh Stallings—an already acclaimed crime writer—used the experiences of his son Dylan (who is neurodiverse) to inform one of his protagonists, and it is truly brilliant and affecting. Since publication he’s written a couple of essays about it, you can see one here: https://t.co/YhH6gnuong?amp=1, and he's spreading the word, how things like SMART teams can save lives.



     We talk about

    *His early life and career

    *His challenges with Dyslexia

    *How Dyslexia made him a great writer

    *The techniques he uses to write

    *How his and his sons experiences influenced his recent book Tricky

    *What's next for Josh and why his new book is set in 1984 Los Angeles, California



    Find out more info on Josh and his novels and how to order a copy of Tricky here:

    https://joshstallings.com/



    You can Amanda and Theo's new book 'Neurodiversity At Work here:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neurodiversity-Work-Performance-Productivity-Neurodiverse/dp/1398600245

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    • 41 min
    Ep 30: Natalia Lyckowski, the Global Chair for IBM's Neurodiversity Business Resource Group (BRG)

    Ep 30: Natalia Lyckowski, the Global Chair for IBM's Neurodiversity Business Resource Group (BRG)

    Today I am lucky enough to be joined By Natalia, who along with others from IBM feature in my upcoming book with Prof Amanda Kirby 'Neurodiversity at Work'.

    Natalia Lyckowski, is the Global Chair for IBM's Neurodiversity Business Resource Group (BRG). Natalia is a self-advocate who has led several global initiatives at IBM leading to increased awareness and acceptance for neurodivergent individuals.

    IBM has improved hiring practices in 5 continents and 9 countries, provided neurodiversity acceptance training in 30+ countries, and educated over 1,900 IBMers for their Neurodiverity101 educational course.

    We discuss:

    - How do we create safe spaces and helping others embrace the power of diversity of thought.

    - What is the role of a Global Neurodiversity BRG Lead at IBM

    - What resources can business leaders implement to support neurodivergent professionals.

    - What does a company-wide neurodiversity global program look like and what are the benefits and outcomes. 



    You can find Natalia here:

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalia-lyckowski/



    You can order our new book 'Neurodiversity At Work here:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neurodiversity-Work-Performance-Productivity-Neurodiverse/dp/1398600245



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    • 32 min
    Ep 29: Gary Baron CEO YC-DC - Neurodiversity and Trauma; it runs deep!

    Ep 29: Gary Baron CEO YC-DC - Neurodiversity and Trauma; it runs deep!

    This week I meet Gary Baron CEO and Founder YC-DC (Youth Community Development Consultancy) who's transforming lives by removing obstacles and empowering people to be agents of change in their communities. 



    We discuss:

    Who are you and what do you do?

    Why is early intervention key to enabling future success?

    Why trauma experienced up to the age of 7 has such a big impact in adults in later life.

    Some examples of where Gary has seen parents and children both struggle and then succeed. 

    Hints and tips to help parents and people who are ND who might be struggling?



    You can find and contact Gary here:

    www.yc-dc.co.uk



    You can order our new book 'Neurodiversity At Work here:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neurodiversity-Work-Performance-Productivity-Neurodiverse/dp/1398600245



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    • 42 min

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