Professor Amanda Kirby
I am a bit unusual wearing several hats as a medic, academic, entrepreneur and parent of an adult with Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, and ADHD. Passionate about improving the lives of people who are neurodiverse in education and employment. I am the CEO of a fast expanding computer educational and work-based profiling company (www.doitprofiler.com )which has developed an innovative computerized assessment platform for schools, colleges, justice, employability and apprenticeship sectors. It's being used nationally and internationally to help maximize strengths and provide person-centered solutions delivered across organizations.
I am keen to ensure that individuals in the workplace who are neurodiverse can maximise their talents while getting appropriate support. I have championed the government Disability Confident campaign and was the first company in Wales to become a Disability Confident Leader. I have delivered extensive training and consultancy to help support organizations to implement and embed change.I hold a chair in Developmental Disorders in education at the University of South Wales and founded The Dyscovery Centre, an internationally recognized specialist centre for children and adults with developmental disorders along with working with an amazing research team.
I have lectured across the world to more than 30,000 teachers, health professionals and parents. I am also currently the patron of the Dyspraxia Association in New Zealand, Advisor to the Dyspraxia Association in Ireland and Medical Advisor to the Dyspraxia Foundation in the UK. In the past 15 years I have published extensively in the field of Developmental Disorders/Neurodiversity and have 2 very practical books on 'How to succeed'-one for Further and Higher Education one for employment for neurodiverse people ( including those with Dyslexia, DCD (Dyspraxia), ADHD,and ASD) to help at home, in education or in work.