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Over the years, conferences like LeadDev have played a crucial role in fostering discussions on inclusion, empathy, mentoring, and diversity.

These talks have been instrumental in educating our community on critical topics, shaping our perspectives, and encouraging positive change. However, amidst these commendable efforts, there remains a significant knowledge gap in our community when it comes to working with, managing and supporting colleagues with hidden disabilities. 

Recognizing this genuine problem, it is time for us to address this void and shed light on an important facet of diversity: neurodiversity. In this conference talk, I propose to share insights gained from my personal experiences and learnings as I navigated through my journey of running an employee resource group for individuals with disabilities. 

Neurodiversity, an umbrella term encompassing various neurodevelopmental conditions, will be the focal point of this talk. We will explore conditions such as ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia. Drawing from my direct experiences, I will candidly discuss my own journey, starting with the discovery of my dyslexia and dyspraxia at the age of 17, followed by my realization of being autistic during the pandemic. 

By sharing these deeply personal experiences, I aim to foster empathy and understanding among the audience. Together, we will delve into practical strategies and perspectives that can help create a more inclusive and supportive environment for individuals with hidden disabilities. This talk will serve as a catalyst for change, equipping attendees with actionable insights to become better allies, managers, and contributors in the journey towards embracing neurodiversity. 

Join me as we embark on a transformative exploration, where personal narratives converge with practical guidance, unveiling a world that celebrates the unique strengths and perspectives of every individual, regardless of their neurodiversity. Let us together take this step towards a more inclusive future.