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Creative Differences: Dyslexia and Neurodiversity in Science, Art and Design

6 October 2016 to 7 October 2016 | 10am – 5.30pm

Kensington, Lecture Theatre 1

The Creative Differences exhibition, organised to coincide with Dyslexia Awareness Week, is intended to celebrate the wealth of neurodiversity, in particular dyslexia and dyspraxia, within the Royal College of Art, and Imperial College London.

Sharing these experiences not only allows us to make professional links within our disciplines, but also to acknowledge the sheer brilliance, perseverance, commitment and refusal to give up that this extraordinary group of people exhibit daily.

Many of the stories draw attention to creative advantages related to unpredictable and original ways of thinking, in order to inspire young people who may be having a real struggle with school because they think a little bit differently.

The presentation and panel discussion (5–6.30pm Wednesday 5 October) will, we hope, stimulate debate and encourage cross-fertilisation of ideas between our two institutions and varied disciplines.

Presentations:
Qona Rankin, Dyslexia Coordinator, Royal College of Art
Leyla Okhai, Head of the Centre for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Imperial College London
Dr Nicola Brunswick, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Middlesex University
Denise de Cordova, Tutor in Sculpture, School of Fine Art, Royal College of Art
Kate Davis, Senior Tutor (Research) in Sculpture, School of Fine Art, Royal College of Art
Henry Franks, Director of Dubloon Ltd, award-winning product design alumnus, Royal College of Art           
Toby Baring, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Homerton University Hospital. Imperial College London alumnus
Dr Sian Fogden, Nanotechnologist, Imperial College London alumna

Panel discussion chaired by: Dr Jonathan Edelman, Head of Programme, Global Innovation Design, Senior Tutor and Research Coordinator for Design Products, Royal College of Art