Amanda Kirby delivering keynote at Cambridge Schools conference in Sri Lanka, 27th November 2018

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 Keynote in Colombo relates to neurodiversity and why consider the need to identify and support all children in the classroom and not some. Amanda highlighted the evidence for this and provided practical strategies for schools to take this on board.

5Cs for schools:

  • Connect– to develop a trusted relationship
  • Comprehend how each child behaves and why and understand their profile of strengths and challenges
  • Channel learning through interest and motivation
  • Communicate with the child, parents, other teachers, and all those in the child’s ecology
  • Celebrate– success, skills, effort, empathy, care

Amanda Kirby gave talk at Autism Alliance meeting in London about assessment and service design 19th October 2018

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Autism Alliance meeting

Amanda Kirby speaking in London at Autism Alliance meeting

Amanda Kirby presented research and clinical practice support for taking an ecological approach.

She spoke at the potential future approach for Autism knowledgable organisations that could happen with the advances in technology and how this could inform research.


Amanda Kirby chairs Neurodiversity event with KPMG and Civil Service in London

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Amanda chaired the meeting on Neurodiversity in London today that was introduced by the Disability Minister Sara Newton. She emphasised the role of companies to become Disability Confident. Do-IT Solutions is the first company in Wales to gain Leader status and Amanda has championed the course from the start.

Sarah Newton Disability Minister, talking about the importance of employers harnessing the talents of neurodiverse people and reducing the gap in unemployment.


Do-IT Solutions are now going one step further and providing a package of services to companies to take them through that process and provide line managers with the confidence to having conversations with their staff.

Amanda Kirby talking at KPMG event on Neurodiversity and employment



Amanda chaired the day as well talking about Neurodiversity- describing what it represents and how everyone can help ensure they attract and retain neurodiverse talent.

Dr Who character has Dyspraxia

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Amanda Kirby asked to comment about the new Dr Who Character.

“It’s important for people with dyspraxia, especially young people, to have positive role models that show dyspraxia need not hold you back,” said Amanda Kirby, an advisor on dyspraxia to the British Dyslexia Association and Professor of Developmental Disorders at the University of South Wales.

“We hope [the introduction of Ryan] will also break down some of the misconceptions out there about dyspraxia, as these can have a negative impact on people’s experience of dyspraxia and make it harder for them to feel confident and achieve everything they can.”

So what are those misconceptions? “Often people think it just affects children and they will grow out of it eventually,” says Kirby, who is also a parent to an adult with the condition. “Dyspraxia is a life-long disorder and affects children and adults equally.

“Many consider that it doesn’t affect people that much. It is a spectrum so for some people the symptoms can be fairly minor but it can go through to having an impact on all aspects of life.


Training in Neurodiversity for UK Athletics

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Amanda Kirby delivered training on Neurodiversity in the Workplace for UK Athletics.

“Amanda delivered a comprehensive and engaging webinar about Neurodiversity to our staff at UK Athletics during National Inclusion.  The feedback from our staff was overwhelming, in the sense where they were able to expand their knowledge of neurodiversity and share thoughts with colleagues.  I look forward to working with Amanda on the next steps for UKA on delivering Neurodiversity Profiler to support our people within the organisation.”

Donna Fraser, UK Athletics


Article published in Probation Quarterly

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Helen Arnold Richardson and Professor Amanda Kirby publish an article they have written in the September issue of Probation Quarterly discussing the use of computer screening in this setting. This article presents the latest research relating to overlap between learning difficulties and disabilities and the rationale for the person centered approach that the Do-IT espouses.

Online screening of offenders for Learning Difficulties and Disabilities – what are the benefits?


Paper published in Quality Network for Prison Mental Health Services Newsletter

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Kirby published an article in the newsletter on Using Computers to Screen for Learning Difficulties and Disabilities.(LDD)


The article showed the evidence for overlap between LDDs and the rationale for a whole person approach.

Additionally, the benefits of using a computer system were explained including saving time, improving consistency, delivering accessibility, a means of screening large-scale populations, targeting support and recognizing quickly those at risk.

Amanda Kirby receiving award from Mayor of West Midlands

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Cardiff digital start-up rises to the challenge to win West Midlands Mayor’s technology competition
Welsh technology start-up Do-IT Solutions has won the chance to work alongside the Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street after developing a digital tool to help tackle youth unemployment.
Based in Cardiff, DoIT was one of four winners in the UrbanChallenge awards which were organised by the West Midlands Combined Authority and Govtech venture firm PUBLIC.
The competition aims to find ways to use technology to take on key future challenges and make the West Midlands a better place to live.
More than 120 entries from start-ups in 40 cities across eight countries were received and the winners of the four challenges were announced at iCentrum yesterday (Thursday). The winners each receive a prize worth £20,000 and a three-month pilot with the WMCA.
Do-IT won the youth unemployment challenge which asked start-ups to find innovative ways to help young people understand local job, training and entrepreneurial opportunities.
CEO Professor Amanda Kirby said: “The aim is to help and support disadvantaged young people to access local jobs, training and entrepreneurship opportunities through the identification of their skills and abilities, as well as the challenges in their lives.
“Targeted support and guidance will be provided for these young people, as well as for those working alongside them as trainers, employers, youth leaders, work coaches and advisors. We are delighted to be working with organisations and the Mayor in the West Midlands on this exciting project.”
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “Technology has such an important part to play in transforming the efficiency and quality of public services which is why I was so keen to launch this competition and challenge technology start-ups to find answers.
“I made tackling youth unemployment one of the key commitments of my Mayoralty which is why it was one of the challenges set for this competition. I am really excited by the potential for the Do-IT project in helping us to make a real difference for young people here in the West Midlands.
“Over the coming months, the WMCA will be working with them to develop the concept for the West Midlands and I look forward to reporting back on our progress.”

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