Intersectionality is a way of understanding how different aspects of a person’s identity contribute to their own unique life experiences. In understanding intersectionality, it is essential to acknowledge that there are a number of social identifiers that can marginalise people, such as their gender, race, class, sexual orientation, disability and neurodivergence.
For Neurodiversity Celebration Week, the Creased Puddle Team recommend some of their top neurodiversity reads
Sometimes known as camouflaging, masking is where a person hides or disguises parts of themselves in order to better fit in with those around them. For most, it is an unconscious strategy that all humans develop and engage in (Belcher, 2022), however for many neurodivergent people, it is a conscious effort to belong and more generally, avoid failure. Although commonly associated with the autistic community, it is reported that dyslexic, dyspraxic and people with ADHD also mask their differences.
Neurodiversity Celebration Week allows people to understand more about the experiences of people who think, feel, and view the world differently. It will educate schools on how best to look after their neurodiverse individuals in the classroom. The week will also show companies how valuable we can be to work with, and some of the ways you can easily adapt a workplace to make it more accessible for us
Creased Puddle events for Neurodiversity Celebration Week.
Neurodivergent TikTok exploded during the pandemic, with a significant amount of people creating content specifically about ADHD and Autism.
I came up with the idea of the Dyslexia FeelGood Funday, which is the third name change for it, as a result of wanting to create an entertaining dyslexia event that complemented the existing array of developmental dyslexia workshops, talks and conferences.
ADHD is a neurotype which often shows up in people as passion, creativity, energy, and intuition. ADHD also impacts attention, concentration, and ability to control impulses. People diagnosed or who identify as ADHD can often see connections between ideas, work at great intensity, (known as hyper-focus) and read a room instinctively yet may find day to day challenges such as getting organised, being on time, following instructions and focusing much more challenging.