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Posted 25 Nov 2021

Meet the Judges for the 2022 Celebrating Neurodiversity Awards

Paul Stevenson

Paul is an award winning photographer, who has late onset full blown Tourette Syndrome plus, which started out of the blue 10 years ago. He has found that he gets some respite and great fulfilment through helping others. He uses his unique position to raise awareness and offers empathy and solidarity to many young people who are struggling with their diagnosis.

Through his public speaking and TV and radio appearances, Paul seeks to raises awareness of Tourettes, increase acceptance and reduce discrimination. Paul is an advocate for Tourettes Action, Tic & Hull Yorkshire, Tourettes Scotland, Tourette Lifelong Care and Tourette Roma.

He has been a member of the board of trustees for the patient associations Tourette Scotland and Tourettes Action, he is also a lived experience ambassador for Genius Within, a role which he excels at. 

Roxanne Hobbs

Roxanne is a key influencer in driving the Inclusivity and Diversity agenda in the advertising industry. She founded The Hobbs Consultancy because of a deep-seated belief that the advertising industry could do better at supporting female talent. She soon realised that solely coaching women was sending the message that the women were broken and needed fixing, which isn’t the case at all. She also noticed that women were only one of the groups that may not feel able to show up as themselves in the advertising industry and broadened the scope of her work accordingly.

She is now heavily involved in creating and sustaining a conversation about Neurodiversity in the advertising industry – believing that there are many people with so much to offer that find it hard to access and to thrive in this environment. Her book ‘Diverted’ was published on 1st March, 2018.

Annabelle Southcoat

Annabelle completed her MSc in Applied Clinical Psychology in 2020. She has struggled with school in the past and with her dyslexia, which also impacted her mental health.

She is a drummer in a band and released and album a few years ago. The music helps her process experiences, it is like a mindfulness or meditation technique for her.

More recently, she has been working towards her Registered Scientist Certification and her CMI Chartership.

Tumi Sotire

Tumi is an advocate for dyspraxia & neurodiversity, particularly raising awareness of the intersectionality between race & neurodiversity. He is known on Twitter and Instagram as The Black Dyspraxic (He was diagnosed with Dyspraxia at 4). 

Tumi is a Health Economist at Newcastle University focusing on helping to improve health outcomes across Africa. His research interests are the economic consequences of health disparities, and he is currently engaged in a number of systematic reviews.

He is also COO for Afro Health Initiative and an advisory board member of the Centre for Neurodiversity at Work. 

Nasser Siabi

Nasser is the CEO of Microlink PC (UK) Ltd founded in November 1992. The companies’ core mission is to provide disability solutions and assistive technologies to both the workplace and educational facilities, working towards an inclusive society and offering support throughout a persons’ lifespan.

Nasser was awarded an OBE in 2011 for his contributions in the field of disability. He is also one of the founding members of the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA).

2019 saw Microlink win the prestigious Inclusive Tech Alliance (ITA) Award for Diversity and Inclusion initiative and in 2020 Nasser won the IoD Director of the year award.

Marcia Brissett-Bailey

Marcia is the co-founder of the British Dyslexia Association Cultural Perspective Committee and trustee for the Waltham Forest Dyslexia Association. She is a narrative changer, provoking the representation of dyslexia, and breaking the silence of dyslexia from a cultural perspective.

Marcia has worked within the education and community sector for 30 years. She has a BSc in information science, post graduate careers guidance and a MA in Special Educational Needs and is IPSEA level 3 trained.

As an advocate and champion of Dyslexia and Neurodiversity she has provided information, advice and guidance in higher education and post 16 for over 19 years as well as being a SEND lead for careers. Marcia is passionate about getting young peoples and adults voices heard with SEND in education and the workplace.

“We love our judges because they all have a deep understanding and appreciation of neurodiversity stemming from both lived and professional experience.”

 

Do not forget to submit your nominations before the closing date on the 6th January 2022

You can find out more about the categories and submit your nominations through the link below.

 

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Genius Within Celebrating Neurodiversity Awards 2022 main sponsors Microsoft and Ernst & Young