Helen Needham

Me.Decoded Founder, Blogger and Neurodiversity Advocate

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London, United Kingdom
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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.

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Skills

  • Public Speaking
  • Social Inclusion
  • Advocacy

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  • Women Beyond The Box

    Women Beyond The Box

    • Education & Research
  • Me.Decoded

    Me.Decoded

    • Social Enterprise

Work history

Currently

Founder

Me.Decoded

Jun 2018
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • 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.