Leena Haque

Leena Haque

Senior UX DesignerManchester, United Kingdom
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Leena Haque

Leena Haque

Senior UX DesignerManchester, United Kingdom
About me
I am a Senior User Experience Designer, Inclusive Design specialist and Neurodiversity advocate, having created the BBC’s multi-award winning Neurodiversity program CAPE (Creating a Positive Environment). At a time when Neurodiversity was virtually unknown, I delivered an engaging narrative for change and support, from a Virtual Reality experience which has been presented internationally. I also design learning experiences that recognise different learning styles and interactive films that are used to support training and offer access support for neurodivergent individuals. As a result of this work, I’ve been recognised as a key influencer in the media and creative sectors and was featured in numerous publications such as Campaign Live, the Guardian, Design Week, The Drum, Wired UK. I also influenced the design brief of the new BBC Wales HQ in Cardiff which incorporated neurodiverse friendly design features in a UK and world first for such a building. As a result of this work, the BBC is now informing the British Standards Institute’s first building design standard for sensory and neurological needs. This will provide information for designers and decision-makers on particular design features which can make public places more inclusive for everyone. I am passionate about the issues involving Intersectionality and the importance of growing the narrative around Disability and Neurodiversity with respect to gender and especially BAME communities, to promote representation and a more focussed dialogue. In my spare time I enjoy pursuing more personal creative endeavours, being one of the exhibited artists at Artism UK and as an ambassador for SENDCode a social enterprise designed for young neurodivergent individuals who are unable to access school or Post-16 providers because of environmental or social factors. Having overcome many barriers myself from education to employment, I aim to be a positive role model for young people and strive towards breaking barriers for others using innovation and creativity.
Projects credited in
  • BBC Cape
    BBC CapeWe advocate, research and design neuroinclusive environments to improve employment opportunities for neurodivergent people.
  • 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
Skills
  • Design
  • Research
  • Problem Solving
  • Prototyping
  • Strategy
  • Interaction Design
  • Analysing
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Accessibility