18:30 - 18:45
Introductory Meet and Mingle
The Accessibility Nottingham team welcomes all visitors. Attendees are encouraged to use this time to mingle with speakers and other attendees who have a shared passion for accessibility.
18:45 - 19:25
Leena Haque, The Myth of a Normal Brain: Rewiring Conventional Thinking with Neurodiversity
Ever considered how hard it is to concentrate in classrooms or in meetings because the patterns on the walls are alive?
Why do the words in an email begin to dance and whirl the closer you get to a deadline?
What if you couldn’t find the words to properly explain why you do things differently to everyone else?
What if you preferred to explain things using pictures instead?
Neurodiversity promotes new perspectives and ways of thinking that spur more creative solutions and innovations. This talk offers the opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to connect and learn about these differences in a unique way and understand that there is a huge amount of untapped potential being overlooked by society in general. Come and be part of a Neurodiverse mind and discover how differently wired brains interact with their environment and the world around us.
19:25 - 19:45
Luke Shaw, Poetry Performance
Luke will perform his poem, “Glass heads,” which has been written specifically for Accessibility Nottingham and has a focus on neurodiversity. He will also be performing some specially chosen poems with a relevance around inclusion and wider societal issues.Watch the "Glass Houses" poem
19:45 - 20:20
A chance for you to relax, enjoy some complimentary food and drink while you continue to mingle.
20:20 - 21:00
Sophie Kang, Increasing Service Accessibility to the Deaf Community
Sophie will be talking about the work of Sign Solutions who are specialist providers of communication support for Deaf people across the UK. With more than 151,000 people in the UK preferring British Sign Language as their first language, Sign Solutions enable instant communication for Deaf customers via their 24/7/365 InterpretersLive! video interpreting service. Sophie will go into depth on how this helps businesses and the process.
21:00 - 21:30
Networking and Drinks
Visitors are welcomed to network with the Accessibility Nottingham team, and guests, and discuss more about the things that were mentioned in today’s event. Visitors are welcomed to stay for a drink.