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The Power of Change: learning to live as a "weirdo"

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Being called a weirdo from an early age but never really understanding why, Rachel talks about how she finally learnt to embrace being different. Weaving personal experience, fascinating facts, and stories from the people she's worked with, Rachel shows you how you too can learn to live with your own challenges.

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The Power of Change: learning to live as a "weirdo"

  1. 1. The Power of Change: learning to live as a "weirdo"
  2. 2. Normal A bit autistic Rain Man
  3. 3. Good at maths Weird about being touched Obsessive interestsRigid Crap social skills Non-verbal
  4. 4. Good at maths Weird about being touched Obsessive interestsRigid Crap social skills Non-verbal ADHD Everything is fine By choice Not by choice Gastro-intestinal issues Need to be touched Anxiety Coping strategies Depression Unless it's someone on a very specific list that only makes sense to you
  5. 5. Things people said to me at school “Clever” “Lazy” “Too sensitive” “Insensitive” (WTF?) “Not listening” “Must try harder” (how?) “Tortoise Trimmer” “Weirdo”
  6. 6. “You have to go against the grain in order to be an innovator.” Ben Grubert, entrepreneur
  7. 7. How to treat autistics: 1. Don't make eye contact 2. Do NOT touch them 3. Don't offer them food 4. If you see one, stand still until it moves away 5. Tell a park ranger bears
  8. 8. “Indeed, many individuals who embrace the concept of neurodiversity believe that people with differences do not need to be cured; they need help and accommodation instead.” John Elder Robison, a scholar in residence and a co-chair of the Neurodiversity Working Group at the College of William & Mary
  9. 9. “We need to give everybody the ability to have self-worth.” Theo Smith, recruitment manager at NICE
  10. 10. Things people said to me as an adult “Clever” “Cool” “Kind” “Contradictory” “Weirdo”
  11. 11. “Being different is a superpower.” Greta Thunberg, climate change activist
  12. 12. “I have found meaning in a world that sometimes seems meaningless to so many people.” Greta Thunberg, climate change activist
  13. 13. “Your words could become a page in someone else's survival guide.” Morgan Harper Nichols, musician
  14. 14. “No-one interesting is normal”
  15. 15. www.sparkleclass.com

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