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Making the Invisible, Visible: Educating others on Neurodiversity

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Neurodiversity currently affects at least 15% of the world’s population. Yet, many people remain unaware of what it is or how it impacts the lives of those around them.

Neurodiversity refers to the variation in the ways we process information, think, act, move, and sense the world around us. This week marks neurodiversity celebration week, a worldwide initiative that celebrates our differences and empowers every individual.

Jamie Hanlon is the founding director of Enable Accessibility an organisation that helps people with disabilities to enjoy greater freedom and access. We caught up with Jamie to discuss his own hidden disabilities (deafness, dyslexia and Crohn’s disease) and the work he is doing to ensure those with all kinds of disabilities can enjoy the same freedoms that many able-bodied people take for granted.

15% of the world's population is affected by Neurodiversity

Jamie’s organisation, Enable Accessibility, helps businesses by running access audits that help companies understand how they can be more inclusive. This is just one of many initiatives of Enable Accessibility. 

Jamie has experienced neurodiversity online barriers first-hand. Diagnosed with dyslexia in 2019, Jamie has placed various tools in place to help him to carry out his role at Enable Accessibility. This includes using Recite Me’s assistive technology. 

The Recite Me assistive toolbar is available on the Enable Accessibility website and provides features such as screen reading functionality, multiple reading aids, customisable styling options, and an on-demand live translation feature that boasts over 100 languages including 65 text-to-speech and styling options. 

You can watch the full interview with Jamie here:

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