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The organisers of Neurodiversity Symposium, to be held on Thursday 11 November, are excited to announce Jolene Stockman as the second keynote speaker.

Jolene (Te Ātiawa, she/her) is an award-winning Taranaki author, speaker, and instructional designer. She is also tangata whaitakiwātanga (autistic).

Since her TEDx Talk in 2018 going public with her adult diagnosis, Jolene has signed with the International Indigenous Speakers Bureau and worked with global giant IBM on their diversity and inclusion training. Jolene is a founding member of the A4A Autistics Zoom Group, on the management committee for Autism Connex, and part of the team behind Autism Aotearoa.

As a working, married, autistic with two children and a degree, Jolene inspires and surprises with her vision of the world.

In a wonderful coincidence, Jolene has work in the iNDx Art Exhibition*, currently showing at the Otago Museum (12 October - 12 December).

At the symposium you can also hear from keynote speaker Mike Styles, a consultant, trainer and researcher in dyslexia and neurodiversity; and lead in the development of the Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark.

And that’s not all! There will be short presentations from OP staff and students, to share a range of perspectives on supporting diverse learners and teachers.

Places are limited for in-person attendance, so register now! There is also an online option. Registration Link: ] 

Note, Mike Styles is also offering a workshop in the afternoon to demonstrate tools designed to support neurodiverse learners. There is a separate registration form for this workshop.  We hope one or two staff members from a wide range of programmes are able to attend the workshop in person (limited numbers).

* A collaborative and thought-provoking exhibition that showcases the amazing depth of artistic talent in both the local and the wider autistic community.
 iNDx =“I” for identity, “ND” for neurodivergent or neurologically “not typical”, and “Dx” being a play on the medical abbreviation for diagnosis.

Neurodiversity Symposium, Thursday 11 November, Otago Polytechnic – register now!

Image: artwork from Jolene (with her permission)




Published on 3 Nov 2021

Orderdate: 3 Nov 2021
Expiry: 3 Nov 2023