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Autism and Neurodivergence

  • 15 Aug 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online


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The Objective

  • Need #1: Youth Workers need a greater understanding of Autism and neurodivergence
  • Need #2: Autistic and Neurodivergent young people need to be heard, valued and appreciated for their strengths
  • Need #3: Youth Services need greater insight into the barriers to participation and inclusion experienced by Autistic and neurodivergent young people
  • Need #4: Organisational Disability Action Plans should be codesigned by young people with disability

The Opportunity

Honour and Jane Hickey provide unique insights into the Autistic experience through a combination of the lived and learned experience. Honour is an Autistic individual who also works alongside and advocates for other Autistic young people. Jane has had over 20 years of experience working with young people and youth workers to promote inclusive practice. Using the life story narrative of Honour’s life, Jane and Honour weave together an engaging seminar with practical tips for youth workers and allies.

Presenter Bio's

Honour Hickey is currently studying VCE at Swinburne Senior Secondary College. In 2020, Honour completed the YDAS Young Leadership program. Then in 2022, Honour was invited by the Education Authority in Northern Ireland to present a key note presentation at their Youth and Education national conference. Honour used their lived experience to advocate for inclusive education and community acceptance of neurodiversity. Honour has facilitated community workshops and school based sessions to raise awareness and build disability confidence in the broader community. Honour is a confident debater and uses these skills in facilitation.

Photo credit: Felicity Veale

Jane Hickey is an experienced university academic with a demonstrated history of working with young people in the community and in the higher education sectors. Jane is passionate about Accessibility and Inclusion in all areas of life. Jane has an international reputation as a disability advocate and public speaker, presenting in many locations around the world. Jane had the privilege of presenting a TEDx talk regarding accessibility and the benefits of universal design.

Photo credit: Bryan Hickey

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