Breakout 3: An Introduction to Neurodiversity

An Introduction to Neurodiversity

This interactive workshop will give an overview of the term neurodiversity and its main subgroups of ADHD, autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia. Through powerpoint slides, group discussion and case studies, we will look at some of the strengths and challenges of neurodiversity as well as where to find support and resources and some suggestions for adjustments. Additional information will be available in a workbook which accompanies the workshop.

Participants are encouraged to share their experience of neurodiversity. The purpose of this is to support participants to reflect on what barriers exist to inclusive learning and how they can be successfully overcome.

Jan Gardiner has worked in various student support roles in the University of Edinburgh for almost 30 years, and has been a member of the Student Disability Service for 10 years.  Her current role in the department is Assistant Director: Development, which means that she takes the lead on the training and outreach initiatives delivered by the Service.” 

Jean Tennant has worked in Occupational Health and Disability Advisory roles for approximately 20 years, most recently as the staff Disability Officer at the University of Edinburgh. She is now working as a freelancer and one of her goals is to write practical guidance for various professional groups on neurodiversity.

Katherine Walesby is currently a Specialist Registrar in Geriatric and General Medicine (ST7) and Out of Programme as a Clinical Research Fellow doing her PhD in Dementia at the University of Edinburgh.  She has been involved in teaching medical students and doctors for many years including arranging symposia at the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh (RCPE) and being involved in teaching at the Universities of Dundee and Edinburgh.