Neurodiversity expert lands speaking gig at global conference!

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NB Neurodiversity expert lands speaking gig at global conference:
Fredericton, NB — A local entrepreneur has been invited to share the stage with Temple Grandin, world-renowned autism spokesperson, and Amy Cosper, former editor in chief of Entrepreneur Magazine, during a one-day global conference in Florida in September of this year.

Shawn Smith, founder of a New Brunswick consulting firm, Don’t dis-my-ability, has quickly emerged as a North American thought leader in the area of Neurodiversity. He was invited to share his personal journey as a self-advocate with ADHD.

DDMACS“ADHD is not what’s wrong with me, it’s what’s right with me,” says Smith.

“Neurodiversity is the variation of people’s neurological makeup. It recognizes that people with Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism, and other conditions are diverse individuals with gifts, talents, and abilities to share.”

 

With a focus on helping entrepreneurs with a disability, Don’t dis-my-ability has helped business owners and job seekers connect in meaningful ways, building a culture of diversity and inclusion in the New Brunswick workforce.

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Trailblazing 2017

Trailblazing 2017 brings together international thought leaders to present innovative solutions for addressing real-world challenges for people with an intellectual and learning disabilities who are seeking gainful employment in the private sector, in thriving micro-businesses, and as self-sufficient entrepreneurs.

The conference will take place on September 30, 2017, in South Florida, USA. The conference marks the launch of an international campaign that Shawn is leading to bring more awareness to disabilities in the workforce and to support entrepreneurs in Canada and the Unites States who are building their businesses despite their perceived disabilities.

About Shawn Smith:

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FHS Transcript

Shawn’s story is unique in that he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Inattentive Type at age 30. Prior to his diagnosis, Shawn struggled at every level of the public education system. It took Shawn 4 years to complete 3 years of high school, 32 attempts to earn the 18 credits required to graduate including failing grade 10 math 4 times.

 

 

 

Since being diagnosed and taking prescribed medication at age 30, Shawn has experienced a tremendous amount of self-growth in a relatively short period of time and has a unique understanding of his thought process.

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UNB Transcript

In 2010, Shawn was accepted to the Master of Education in Counselling Psychology program at the University of New Brunswick on Academic Probation and graduated in 2011 at the top of his class.

Shawn is a self-advocate, entrepreneur, innovator, counsellor and psychotherapist specializing in the emerging field of Neurodiversity. Shawn’s work is being recognized internationally, and he has been sought after to consult in various industries ranging from non-profit to the world of animation.

 

Trailblazing is a one-day global conference in South Florida, USA, held at the newly renovated Broward Center for the Performing Arts on September 30, 2017. This conference unites top corporations actively recruiting adults with developmental disabilities, enterprising micro-businesses, self-employed individuals, angel investors, corporate-based accessibility teams, assistive technology developers and disability jobs portal agencies to discuss the global employment crisis facing millions of people with developmental disabilities. Our pioneering conference in 2016 was recently mentioned by Forbes contributor Michael Bernick in his insightful article, ‘Where is Autism Employment Headed in 2017?’

http://www.trailblazing2017.com

 

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