Autism and Neurodiversity Expert
My vision is for a world where people with Autism and other diversity are accepted, integrated and recognised as valuable members of society. It begins with education to reduce ignorance, or in some cases, even fear. As a neurodiversity and Autism key note speaker I share my expertise and vision with your audience as a step towards that future.
The following key note presentations can be tailored to suit the needs of your audience or event. Please contact me if you would like to discuss tailoring options.
My background and qualifications are available on my about page. For a copy of my press kit, please contact me directly.
As I broaden my advocacy role, I am now promoting my keynote speaking as a distinct venture.
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Autism the World Over
Living in progressive cultures, it is easy to think we are making great strides as a civilisation towards becoming an accessible, neurodivergent-friendly society. Unfortunately, this is not the case worldwide.
In this eye-opening presentation Patricia spotlights some neurodivergent communities we need to bring with us as we move towards true neurodivergent inclusion. Learn about:
- The many cultures in which shame and fear around Autism and neurodiversity still prevail, and
- The experiences of neurodivergent individuals in these cultures who become victims of horrific human rights violations and discriminations
- The role we can all play towards awareness then change, one conversation at a time
As presented at ICAN 2023
Psychological safety allows for inclusion, which creates diversity and facilitates performance. So, when we rethink Autism and other neurodivergent diagnoses through a ‘different not less’ lens, everyone wins.
Rich with examples from her own lived experience and that of the clients she has assisted, you will learn about:
- Language of neurodiversity
- Impacts of unconscious bias, including shame, stress, and unrealistic expectations
- Importance of psychological safety and how to provide it for neurodivergent individuals
Why neurodiversity within a team improves outcomes and productivity for businesses
Mindset shifts is an introductory ‘Lunch and Learn’ style one-hour presentation designed to start a conversation in your organisation. It can be run as a precursor to training or as a stand alone presentation. Includes an opportunity for questions.
Topics covered include:
- What is neurodiversity? How might it present in the workplace?
- How to support individuals within your team who see the world through a neurodivergent lens
Why neurodiversity within a team improves outcomes and productivity for businesses.
Pyschologically Safe Workplaces
A deeper dive into truly inclusive workplaces
Psychologically safe workplaces help you identify what a psychologically safe workplace looks like for a neurodivergent team member, and how you can lead a neurodiverse team with excellent results. Topics covered include:
- The new ISO 45003: guidance on the management of psychosocial risks, and how that relates to neurodivergence in the workplace
- The impact of social norms within traditional workplaces and why these need to change
Simple ways to lead your team towards cultural change by setting the right leadership tone and reducing points of friction
Previous Conference Presentations
Bangalore, July 2020
Women’s Economic Forum
Egypt, April 2021
Start Up Grind – ‘Business Directed and Led on the Autism Spectrum’
Canberra Chapter Meeting, 2019
Women With Altitude
Business Directed and Led on the Autism Spectrum
Patricia has brought to us as a chapter and to me more personally so much knowledge and value regarding Autism, especially that Autism still has a lot of misconceptions in the region. Moreover, she is very helpful, flexible and very organised, she was able to deliver the workshop with simplify and passion. She supported her workshop with useful informatics and insights. Basically one of the smoothest and informative workshops conducted though our chapter, and honestly would love to work with her in more depth regarding ‘business on the autistic spectrum’
Soha El Baklawry, 2021