Gina always questioned why, as a child, she couldn’t tie her shoelaces, and why, as an adult, she had difficulty with driving. It wasn’t until she was 38 that she found the answer - she has dyspraxia. She spoke to NeuroWork about her career in journalism, focusing on her strengths and the confidence she gained after her (not quite official) diagnosis.
Two weeks before her HSC exams, Hayley Elford started experiencing extreme tics. It would take another year before she was officially diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. She will soon be commencing her Masters of Teaching, with a long-term goal to teach other neurodivergent children. She spoke to NeuroWork about the challenges of university, working in schools and explaining her tics to her students.
After being diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age 19, Kayla Sirrell discovered music eased her tics. She has since appeared on ABC’s Employable Me and worked as a brand ambassador for the Salvation Army. She told NeuroWork that, in addition to becoming a famous singer, she wants to create jobs for other people with disabilities.
Samantha Nuttall had a successful career in HR, Career Coaching and now works as a Relationship Manager at the Australian Network on Disability. But it wasn’t until her 40s before she received her ADHD diagnosis. She spoke to NeuroWork about why she is breaking the professional silence about ADHD at work and shares her tips on finding a supportive workplace.
Sensory artist and designer Bliss Cavanagh was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome when she was nine years old. She spoke to NeuroWork about calming her symptoms through art, her PHD research and improving the wellbeing of society through her multi-sensory art installations.
Jodi Clements always struggled with numbers. It wasn’t until she was in her final year at university that she was diagnosed with dyscalculia. This diagnosis set her on a journey to find out more about neurobiological differences, and ultimately led her to found the Australian Dyslexia Association and the Institute for Multisensory Structured Language Education. She spoke to NeuroWork about leveraging strengths and avoiding numbers.