Respect for the work of Judy Singer

Judy Singer's seminal work in the 1990's gave a voice to a generation and a paradigm shift in our understanding of cognitive diversity and valuing difference.  Since she began publishing and influencing, having applied due diligence to her craft through well-researched thought leadership, the world has changed.

The Neurodiversity movement was born, strongly based upon economic, moral and social principles of equality. It has grown into a force for opening up barriers and breaking down prejudice, welcoming people for their talents and recognising the value of diversity in our society. 

The Neurodiversity movement has created a new  industry, where autistic people initially have begun to benefit from recruitment routes into employment that was previously closed off, and a lot of high powered companies are equally benefiting from a more inclusive approach to talent. A plethora of companies and start ups have sprung up, offering advice and consultancy to help smooth this transition for both employees and employers. ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia (DCD) and many other "conditions" are included now in the movement, benefiting an enormous group of people worldwide.

Judy, a key voice in the field who still campaigns, thinks, challenges, considers, provokes, advises is not aligned to these businesses and does not directly benefit from her work. Given the very nature of our industry mission - which is to prevent needless unemployment from people who bring enormous value - this seems like a huge oversight and incongruency in our collective culture. 

Genius Within CIC, a social enterprise based in the UK, have committed to paying Judy a monthly fee for her services to our community, the same as we pay our Board members, for her service and ongoing contribution.  I am hopeful that others will feel the same.

Through this site, Judy will be honoured for the role she has played and we can reimburse her for the value she has created in all of our lives.


Nancy Gilbert

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