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“Unleashing Superpowers: Exploring Neurodiversity with Theo Smith” is a captivating podcast where host Theo Smith dives into the world of neurodiversity. From ADHD to Autism to Dyslexia and beyond, gain insights into embracing the diversity of thought and eliminating obstacles (Kryptonite). Hear from real people from across the globe and their lived experiences in this empowering series.

Join the conversation using hashtags #NeurodiversityAtWork #NeurodiversityWithTheoSmith. Embrace a new perspective on talent and inclusion!

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“Unleashing Superpowers: Exploring Neurodiversity with Theo Smith” is a captivating podcast where host Theo Smith dives into the world of neurodiversity. From ADHD to Autism to Dyslexia and beyond, gain insights into embracing the diversity of thought and eliminating obstacles (Kryptonite). Hear from real people from across the globe and their lived experiences in this empowering series.

Join the conversation using hashtags #NeurodiversityAtWork #NeurodiversityWithTheoSmith. Embrace a new perspective on talent and inclusion!

You can follow Theo here:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/theosmithuk/

    Matt Hancock Running for ALF: Universal Screening for Neurodivergent Traits

    Matt Hancock Running for ALF: Universal Screening for Neurodivergent Traits

    Today we have Matt Hancock join us, who's been advocating for neurodiversity and early support in education, highlighting challenges faced by individuals who are dyslexic.

    He promotes universal screening and teacher training to address high exclusion rates among children with neurodivergent traits/conditions.

    The importance of understanding and embracing neurodiversity, early identification, and support in schools is emphasized by the speakers. The Accessible Learning Foundation (ALF) aims to drive policy changes and provide support in schools and prisons.


    [00:04] Episode introduction on neurodiversity and inclusivity, featuring guest Matt Hancock, who shares his experience with dyslexia.
    [01:04] Matt discusses the realization of his dyslexia and the strengths he discovered through his condition.
    [04:42] Discussion on existing barriers in recognizing and supporting neurodiverse children, with reference to public skepticism as seen in a Times article.
    [06:07] Insight into Matt’s involvement with health initiatives and the ongoing challenges in dyslexia recognition in educational systems.
    [08:52] Matt highlights his advocacy for early identification and support through his charity, the Accessible Learning Foundation.
    [11:07] Importance of tailored education approaches to accommodate neurodivergent students, especially those excluded from standard educational tracks.
    [13:10] Call for a shift in societal attitudes towards neurodiverse conditions like ADHD and autism.
    [17:01] The need for improved communication and understanding among parents, teachers, and medical professionals regarding neurodiversity.
    [20:50] Discussion on the state's role in supporting neurodiverse children and the impact of understanding individual brain functions on policy making.
    [24:11] Matt expresses gratitude for bipartisan support of his legislative efforts aimed at improving neurodiversity support within the education system.


    [30:52] Emphasis on legislation to encompass comprehensive support for all societal members.
    [31:39] Examination of gender differences in ADHD and autism presentation and future plans for advocacy beyond politics.
    [33:43] Continued efforts in policy campaigning and direct school support through the Accessible Learning Foundation.
    [35:09] Goals for the Accessible Learning Foundation: universal screening, policy implementation within schools, and support in both educational and prison systems.
    [36:45] Encouragement for community involvement in supporting neurodiversity causes, including advocacy and financial support.



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    • 39 min
    Alice Dominici: Neurodiversity's Strengths & Struggles in Academia

    Alice Dominici: Neurodiversity's Strengths & Struggles in Academia

    In this episode, Theo Smith interviews Alice, a researcher at Bocconi University, about her experience with neurodiversity.

    Alice shares her journey from childhood to academia, highlighting her strengths in brain power and the challenges of control mania.

    She discusses the impact of migraines and the realization of her neurodivergence, leading to an autism diagnosis.

    Alice also explores the difficulties of getting diagnosed in Italy and the unique challenges faced by neurodivergent individuals in academia.

    She emphasizes the need for multidisciplinary research in neurodiversity and shares her current projects at Bocconi University.

    In this conversation, Alice discusses her research and experiences in academia. She shares insights into the challenges and rewards of conducting research in the field of gender studies.

    Alice also highlights the importance of intersectionality and the need for more research in underrepresented areas.

    She concludes by providing her contact information for those interested in connecting with her.



    Takeaways


    Neurodivergent individuals often excel in academia due to their unique strengths and passion for research.
    The academic environment can be challenging for neurodivergent individuals, with blunt feedback and a competitive publishing process.
    There is a need for multidisciplinary research in neurodiversity to gain a holistic understanding of its impact.
    Getting diagnosed with neurodivergent conditions can be difficult in some countries, highlighting the need for improved access to assessments.
    Academia should strive for inclusivity and understanding to support the diverse needs of neurodivergent researchers.

    Chapters

    00:00Introduction to Neurodiversity and Guest Introduction

    01:06Guest's Background and Work at Bocconi University

    02:36Early Years and Strengths in Brain Power

    05:38Control Mania and the Cost of Overworking

    07:07Migraines and the Need for Breaks

    08:48Realization of Neurodivergence and Autism Diagnosis

    10:51Challenges of Getting Diagnosed in Italy

    14:28The Impact of Neurodiversity in Academia

    24:49Transition from PhD to Research Role in Academia

    30:22Challenges in Academia: Blunt Feedback and Publishing Process

    38:49The Need for Multidisciplinary Research in Neurodiversity

    50:15Current Work and Projects at Bocconi University

    52:35Conclusion and Contact Information



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

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    • 55 min
    David Renton: Unraveling the Strengths in Neurodiversity

    David Renton: Unraveling the Strengths in Neurodiversity

    Today we're joined by David Renton, a security compliance project manager at Genesys. In our conversation, we explore David's journey through the lens of ADHD and dyslexia, from his early education to carving out a career that plays to his strengths.

    David shares the pivotal moments that shaped his understanding of neurodiversity, emphasising the power of open conversations and the significance of finding one's balance.

    He champions inclusive workplaces and the role of mentorship in fostering growth and understanding in both personal and professional realms.

    Dive into this enlightening and heartfelt discussion with us as we uncover the impact of embracing neurodiversity at work and beyond.



    Chapters:

    [00:03] Welcome to the podcast "Neurodiversity at Work" hosted by Theo Smith. Today's guest is David Renton, a security compliance project manager at Genesys, originally from Dublin, Ireland.



    [02:28] David shares his journey with ADHD and dyslexia, starting from his schooling years.



    [07:00] David discusses his career transitions and the challenges he faced in finding a job that aligned with his strengths and interests.



    [09:12] David talks about how his mindset and understanding of himself improved during his university studies, making math easier for him.



    [10:19] David emphasizes the importance of open and honest conversations and the need for more discussions around neurodiversity.



    [15:32] David shares a personal experience with dyslexia during a school reading and reflects on the impact of neurodivergence in the classroom.



    [23:40] David discusses the importance of finding balance in life and shares his two rules to live by.



    [31:18] David suggests creating inclusive workplaces that support families and involve them in company events.



    [40:11] David highlights the importance of mentorship and encourages seeking guidance from respected individuals.



    [42:23] David and Theo discuss the transformative power of mentorship and the impact it can have on individuals' lives.



    [43:49] Theo thanks David for being a guest on the podcast and encourages listeners to engage with the show.



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    • 44 min
    Tania Martin: EY UKI’s Neuro-Diverse Centre of Excellence Leader

    Tania Martin: EY UKI’s Neuro-Diverse Centre of Excellence Leader

    Tania Martin, EY UKI’s Neuro-Diverse Centre of Excellence Leader, shares her journey and the work being done to promote neurodiversity and neuroinclusion in the workplace.

    The conversation covers the shift from autism at work to neuro-inclusive programs, the evolution of neurodiverse centers of excellence, and the importance of breaking down barriers to entry and supporting hidden neurodivergent individuals.

    Tania also discusses the changes made to the recruitment process, the impact of her ADHD diagnosis on her personal and professional life, and the need for self-acceptance and self-kindness.

    The conversation concludes with insights into the recruitment process and opportunities for improvement.

    Takeaways


    The shift from autism programs to neuro-inclusive programs is essential to support a broader range of neurodivergent individuals in the workplace.
    Breaking down barriers to entry and supporting hidden neurodivergent individuals are crucial aspects of neurodiversity initiatives.
    The recruitment process should be adapted to be more inclusive and accessible, with a focus on building psychological safety for neurodivergent candidates.
    Self-acceptance and self-kindness are important for individuals with neurodivergent conditions, and organisations should create an environment that supports and values neurodiversity. The way content is presented and the partners chosen can greatly impact the success of neurodiversity recruitment efforts.
    Sensitivity and representation are crucial to avoid marginalisation and stigmatisation.
    Learning from D&I leaders and their experiences can provide valuable insights for neuroinclusive recruitment.
    Consistency and budget investment are necessary to achieve long-term success in neurodiversity initiatives.
    Educating others and promoting widespread understanding of neurodiversity can lead to a greater impact.
    Starting small, testing, and piloting initiatives can be an effective approach to implementing neurodiversity recruitment strategies.
    Neuro-inclusion is not only important for business performance but also for our social responsibility to create a better future for all.

    Chapters

    00:00 Introduction and Background

    02:05 Shifting from Autism Programs to Neuro-Inclusive Programs

    03:30 Positive Shift in Neurodiversity Approach

    04:27 Evolution of Neurodiverse Centers of Excellence

    05:25 Breaking Down Barriers to Entry and Hidden Neurodivergent Individuals

    06:24 Changing the Recruitment Process

    07:20 Investment in Talent Acquisition and Neurodiversity

    09:01 Anti-Recruitment Process and Innovation

    10:56 Recognition and External Validation

    11:54 Personal Journey and Understanding of ADHD

    12:39 Challenges and Opportunities in Career

    17:05 Impact of Diagnosis on Self-Acceptance and Self-Kindness

    20:58 Journey to Neurodiversity Centre of Excellence

    32:07 Recruitment Process and Building Psychological Safety

    48:19 Learnings and Opportunities for Improvement

    51:57 The Importance of Content Presentation

    52:27 The Impact of Partner Selection

    53:08 Sensitivity and Representation

    54:09 Learning from D&I Leaders

    55:06 Consistency and Budget Investment

    56:07 Educating Others for Greater Impact

    57:00 Advice for Starting the Journey

    59:36 The Social Responsibility of Neuro-Inclusion

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    Learn more about EY NCOE here:

    https://www.ey.com/en_uk/news/2021/07/ey-launches-first-neuro-diverse-centre-of-excellence-in-the-uk-to-boost-client-innovation


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Sasha Frank: Stand-Up and Stand Out, an ADHD Odyssey in Comedy and Life

    Sasha Frank: Stand-Up and Stand Out, an ADHD Odyssey in Comedy and Life

    In this episode, Theo Smith interviews Sasha Frank, a stand-up comedian who is ADHD. Sasha shares her journey from the corporate world to comedy, the impact of ADHD on her life, and her experiences with medication.

    She also discusses parenting as an ADHD individual and the therapeutic benefits of comedy. Sasha emphasises the importance of embracing differences and being transparent about one's challenges.

    Takeaways


    Embrace your differences and don't worry about conforming to societal norms.
    Transparency and open communication about your experiences can lead to understanding and support from others.
    Find a hobby or outlet that brings you joy and helps you manage your mental health.
    Parenting as an ADHD individual may require finding alternative ways to engage with your child and manage daily routines.

    Chapters

    00:00 Introduction to Sasha Frank

    03:03 Early Life and Career

    08:50 Discovering Stand-up Comedy

    10:45 Realizing the Connection to ADHD

    14:51 Understanding Strengths and Challenges

    18:02 Managing Responsibilities and Dual Life

    20:12 Experiences with ADHD Medication

    25:50 Parenting as an ADHD Individual

    29:07 Comedy as an Outlet

    33:47 Embracing Differences and Transparency

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    This episode is supercharged by Dynamis Group

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    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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    • 37 min
    Andrew McDonald: Embracing Neurodiversity in the World of Copywriting

    Andrew McDonald: Embracing Neurodiversity in the World of Copywriting

    Podcast Episode with Guest Andrew McDonald: Embracing Neurodiversity in the World of Copywriting

    Main Theme: Navigating the challenges and unique strengths of neurodiverse individuals in the professional world.

    Episode Highlights:


    Introduction: Andrew McDonald, a renowned neurodivergent copywriter, delves deep into the importance of understanding and marketing to neurodivergent audiences.


    A Journey to Freedom: Andrew's candid recount of his journey, from a stifling toxic work environment to the liberating world of freelance writing. Although he found success as a copywriter, business growth wasn't without its challenges.


    Neurodiversity in the Workspace: Neurodiverse individuals often grapple with a world designed for neurotypical minds. Andrew reflects on his personal struggles, including confronting past traumas and facing the cold, often impersonal world of emailing.


    The Power of Relationship-building: Highlighting the significance of fostering genuine relationships, Andrew underscores the importance of outreach and community-building as pivotal to a thriving business. Theo Smith, our host, echoes this sentiment, advocating for authentic connections over cold outreach.


    Networking Nuances for the Neurodiverse: Theo shares his own challenges with maintaining energy at networking events. In response, Andrew offers practical solutions like the potential of adding value through engaged LinkedIn comments and automating email content to combat burnout.


    The Neurodiverse Community: Both Theo and Andrew stress the advantages of connecting with niche communities, leveraging unique strengths to resonate with audiences on platforms like LinkedIn. They discuss how neurodiverse individuals naturally foster rapid and genuine connections, often diverging from conventional networking norms.



    Closing Note: Discover how neurodiverse communities are challenging the status quo, advocating for inclusivity, and leading with authenticity in a world where difference is strength. Dive into this engaging conversation between Theo Smith and Andrew McDonald to learn more.





    This episode is supercharged by Dynamis Group

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    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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    • 36 min

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