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A podcast highlighting how life in young adulthood is not linear.

“Living With Addiction” is a podcast by Heather Ross, a certified life coach and mother of a child who struggles with addiction.

What More Is There To Say About LGBTQ+ Issues?

Tedx Talks (Speaker: Suriya Aisha)

Facing the throwaway comment that “you can’t be black and queer”, Suriya Aisha, creator of social support network UNMUTED, saw nobody visibly living in the intersection that she found herself in. So she made a choice, for a while. In this talk she examines how our culture interacts with our identity, and how we can create spaces for people to bring 100% of themselves to the table; allowing them to become whole again. Suriya Aisha is a writer, theatre maker, workshop facilitator and creative producer who is passionate about equal opportunities and representation. Her ongoing project STAMP works with young people with additional needs in partnership with the Next Generation team at mac birmingham. She has also launched a peer and social support network – UNMUTED, for young people of colour who identify as LGBTQI. She has performed alongside Meera Syal at Theatre Royal Stratford East and previously featured as part of the ‘Late at Tate’ exhibition ‘Visibly, Invisible’ curated by Saira Awan. As a member of the REP Foundry in 2014, Suriya initiated ‘Dark Room’ – a theatrical exploration of the relationship between culture, gender and mental health, and was recently accepted onto The Royal Court Theatre’s Live Lunch writers programme where she explored themes of culture and family through her play ‘Nine Nights’. Website: www.suriyaaisha.com Twitter: @SuriyaAisha | @STAMPUK_ | @unmutedbrum This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Young, Gifted, & Black With Autism

Tedx Talks (Speaker: LaChan Hannon)

Raising a young, gifted and black young man with autism comes with its own set , rules, rewards and expectations. Being an educator and a parent of a child with autism comes with its own set of questions that not just parents should ask but that the Education System should ask. LaChan Hannon ask the question: How does race influence how we see autism and the perception we have about our young, gifted and black children around the world? LaChan is mother of two, Nile (13) and Avery (12). Shortly after Avery’s autism diagnosis at 21 months, LaChan and her husband Dr. Michael D. Hannon co­founded the 501c3 non­profit organization Greater Expectations Teaching and Advocacy Center Inc (GETAC), where she serves as Director, as a means to support families with children with developmental differences in addition to education professionals through parent workshops, professional development, and advocacy support. She presents at both local and national conferences on topics of autism education, culturally responsive teaching, and teacher practice. LaChan is an advocate for equitable access to quality education, a supporter of teacher learning, and a believer that schools improve when parents are deliberately included in the education of their children. LaChan has BA in English/Sociolology and received special education graduate certificates in Educating Individuals with Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

“Autism is not a disease; it’s just another way of thinking,” says Ethan Lisi. Offering a glimpse into the way he experiences the world, Lisi breaks down misleading stereotypes about autism, shares insights into common behaviors like stimming and masking and promotes a more inclusive understanding of the spectrum.

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