Digital event: Understanding Neurodiversity


by | Aug 9, 2023 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hey team!

So, you’ve probably heard about the buzz from the Autistic Pride Day Symposium in Melbourne on June 18. But if you haven’t, no worries! We’ve got you covered with some golden nuggets from one of the standout sessions.

The Session’s Pulse

“Understanding Neurodiversity through Neurodiverse Practitioners” kicked off mid afternoon and it was all about hearing firsthand experiences. This was our chance to hear from neurodivergent health practitioners who’ve been making real changes their practice.

Who Took the Stage?

Our dynamo host, Dr. Judy Tang, navigated us through the discussion. Kudos to:

  • Dr. Naomi Malone: A leading advocate for neurodiversity, especially in regional Victoria.
  • Raelene Dundon: Highlighted the challenges neurodivergent health practitioners face when disclosing their diagnosis.
  • Tamsin Jowett: Emphasised the crucial role of a strengths-based approach in understanding and embracing neurodiversity.

The Big Takeaways

This session left us with some game-changing insights:

  1. Equal Footing: Neurodiverse health practitioners come equipped with credentials and skills that are on par with their neurotypical counterparts. Their expertise and experiences don’t take a backseat.
  2. Passion-Powered: When a neurodiverse individual dives deep into a special interest, it’s not just a hobby – it’s an intense passion. For many neurodiverse health practitioners, their field of work is that passion. Their dedication and depth of knowledge in their chosen fields are unrivaled.
  3. Relatability Matters: Their ability to connect with other neurodiverse individuals is unparalleled. This creates a sense of trust and understanding, particularly in health sectors where vulnerability and empathy play key roles.
  4. Facing the Big Issues: Neurodiverse practitioners often tackle taboo or overlooked subjects head-on. They’re not afraid to discuss topics that others might shy away from, making way for more genuine, open conversations.
  5. Questioning the Norm: Their unique perspective allows them to question conventions, think outside the box, and approach problems from refreshing angles. It’s not just about doing things differently, but often about doing them more effectively.
  6. Battling Stigma: Despite their competence and passion, neurodiverse practitioners often confront societal stigma. This session shed light on the need to dismantle these prejudices and recognise the immense value that neurodiverse professionals bring to the table.

On the Horizon

The Melbourne symposium wasn’t just an event; it was a movement towards better understanding and valuing neurodiversity. From powerhouse panels to heart-to-heart discussions, there’s so much to share.

Stick around for more from this event, and let’s make every day a celebration of neurodiversity!

#NeurodiversityUnveiled #NeurodivergentPros #UnderstandingNeurodiversity #DiverseMinds #AutisticPride

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