Neurodiversity 101: Challenging Your Stigmas and Catalyzing Change
In this workshop, we will learn about the neurodiversity paradigm, the benefits and best practices of including different types of brains, how to be an ally to neurodivergent people, and how to improve inter-neurotype communication. We will also have the opportunity to have an honest dialogue and interact genuinely with facilitators with a variety of neurotypes including ADHD, autism, and mental health related disabilities. This is an open forum where no question is a bad question so don’t be afraid to ask the real questions that are on your mind.
Eliana Bravos is a third-year student at the University of Toronto with a background in Peace, Conflict & Justice, Psychology, and Linguistics. She is passionate about neurodiversity, mental health, and accessibility. As a co-founder and the current Chair of Viability, Eliana hopes to empower neurodivergent youth and work with them and community stakeholders to co-create brighter and more just futures. Eliana is also currently working on two additional projects: one which focuses on accessibility and student rights, and another which centres around neurodiversity and employment. Eliana brings her lived experience with neurodiversity and disability when advocating for systems change and ultimately hopes to create more spaces where neurodivergent youth can live as their authentic selves and thrive. Outside of work and school, Eliana likes traveling, hiking, art, plants, and cooking (or at least is trying to – don’t be afraid to reach out and share your favorite recipes with her!).
Vale Paterson is a third-year premedical student at the University of Toronto double majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology. He uses his experiences with autism, CPTSD, and dissociation as well as his art background to do educational content creation, webinars, graphic design, and program facilitation for Viability. He is an advocate for the autonomy and mental health of neurodivergent people and is passionate about the neurodivergency paradigm and biopsychosocial models being more incorporated into the health field. In addition to this, he also likes drawing, reading, cooking, and translating.
Annanya Jain is a third-year student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sexuality, Marriage, and Family studies. She is a strong mental advocate in her community and draws upon her experience with ADHD, G.A.D, and panic disorder. At Viability, Annanya helps members secure employment, co-leads social programming, and is part of the UX team for Viability’s upcoming exciting project. In her free time, you would probably find her watching anime, playing video games, and writing poetry. Annanya loves continuous learning so if you want to see what you can learn from each other, she’s always open for a conversation.
Brown Bag Lunches are Impact Hub Ottawa’s weekly lunch & learns led by Hubbers, for members and non-members alike. Topics vary each week, but you’re always sure to learn something new!
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