Helen Needham

Helen Needham

Me.Decoded Founder, Blogger and Neurodiversity AdvocateLondon, United Kingdom
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Helen Needham

Helen Needham

Me.Decoded Founder, Blogger and Neurodiversity AdvocateLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I founded Me.Decoded and established an employee Neurodiversity network at Capco, where I work as a management consultant in financial services, after being diagnosed as autistic in 2017. This was three years after my son was diagnosed at the age of 5, and twenty years after my mother was diagnosed as bipolar. When I first read about Neurodiversity inclusion, I was attracted by the viewpoint of being perceived as different not less. This is what I want for my family, as well as everyone who is neurodivergent. Having seen the difference that raised awareness, with the right support and understanding, can have on bringing about big changes for the Neurodivergent, I now want to help drive bringing about that change on a wider scale.
Projects
  • How a conversation can help change the world
    How a conversation can help change the worldI believe it is time for a Neurodiversity revolution and that everyone has the ability to bring about the changes needed for Neurodiversity. It starts with a conversation.
  • From Difficult to Valued
    From Difficult to ValuedTalking about my personal journey and what I learnt after being diagnosed as autistic, at the age of 40. This was part of the Game Changers Summit, hosted in the House of Commons.
Projects credited in
  • Top 50 Influential Neurodivergent Women 2019
    Top 50 Influential Neurodivergent Women 2019Women Beyond The Box is proud to launch the UK’s first list showcasing 50 Influential Neurodivergent Women. It is estimated that at least 10% of the UK population is Neurodivergent, that is Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Autism, ADHD and Tourette’s. The list was born from a desire to amplify the voices of women who are creating ripples of change within their industries by challenging the narrative around Neurodiversity. We are Female Founders, Scientists, Designers, Creatives, Artists, Actre
Work history
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    FounderMe.Decoded
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    Me.Decoded is a blogging platform for people who are Neurodivergent, or are allies of Neurodiversity. Neurodiversity is the view that neurodevelopmental differences (incl. autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, OCD, ADD, ADHD, bipolar mood disorder, tourettes ... ) are a natural genetic variation. Like with other forms of diversity these differences can enrich communities and society if people are willing to put aside prejudices and the belief that there is one way to be successful. This requires a new way of thinking and a new way of learning/ working/ living. I believe there is power in the sharing of personal stories, and that we all need to come together in order to bring about the change needed for Neurodiversity. My vision is that Me.Decoded becomes a place where the neurodivergent, advocates and allies can come together to share stories, insights, tips and success stories in relation to achieving Neurodiversity.
Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Social Inclusion
  • Advocacy