Dyslexia Creates

Neurodiversity, Creativity and Success in the Arts


British Dyslexia Association in cooperation with the V&A.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

July 30, 2020

Dyslexia Vision 2020

Online Conference

Talk showing the link between dyslexia, creativity and sustainability in organisations and society.

Dyslexia Institute, UK

September 19, 2019

Dyslexia & Design

Panel Discussion

Design Junction, Everyman Cinema

"A high powered panel including designer Ab Rogers of ARD, product designer James Rokos, metal artist Simone ten Hompel and Cambridge University researcher Dr. Helen Taylor discuss their dyslexia, looking at the impact it has had on their lives, their experience of the education system, and, ultimately, how it has enabled – rather than hindered – their careers." 

Subsequent article by Molly Long in Design Week here: https://www.designweek.co.uk/issues/16-22-september-2019/designing-with-dyslexia-is-a-cognitive-plus/

Speakers: Ab Rogers: Interior Designer; James Rokos: Product Designer; Helen Taylor: Affiliated Researcher, University of Cambridge, Kate MccGwire: Sculptor; Nadia-Anne Ricketts: Founder of BeatWoven

Design Junction

October 21, 2019

Kauffman Fellows  Complementary Cognition & Communication

County Hall, London

Designed and delivered workshop on Complementary Cognition in collaboration with Lauren Cartigny, Coaching.

Kauffman Fellows 

July 03, 2019

Neurodiversity — Hiring Out Of The Box Thinkers

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Panel discussion on hiring and building diverse teams - are you missing out on talent that could give you a competitive edge? At SaaS Sales Conference on HyperGrowth & Leadership with over 350 SaaS professionals in the audience.


Write up by Founder of SaaS Sales Conference, James Ski here:


If you cut different ways of thinking out of your business, perhaps through biased recruitment practices, you’re diminishing your productivity.

Speakers: Dr Helen Taylor;  Sophie Rason: Director, Ingenio; Chris Tottman: General Partner; Notion, Pete Crosby: CRO, Ometria. Curated by Lauren Cartigny.

SaaS Sales Conference

September 19, 2019

Dyslexia Creates

Victoria & Albert Museum

This free one day conference brought together organisations and individuals from across the creative, public and corporate sectors to celebrate the work and impact of people with dyslexia, and raise the profile of people with dyslexia in the arts and beyond.  

Victoria & Albert Museum British Dyslexia Association

June 12, 2019

Neurodiversity: Past. Present. Future.


Talk to explain the Evolution of Complementary Cognition.


"In this session, we will be taking a deep-dive into the meaning of neurodiversity. How we got here, and where we go next. We will hear from Judy Singer, who named the paradigm, on why and how it began. We will also learn a little about where we are today from a recent BIMA report presented by Alex Loveless. Finally, Dr. Helen Taylor will present her research into Complementary Cognition, possibly the next step on the neurodiversity journey, giving insights into how we can flourish now and in the future."

Event write-up here: https://thefutureisnd.com/event/neurodiversity-past-present-future/ 

The Future is ND 

June 03, 2019

Dyslexia & Creativity Conference

Clarion, Stockholm

Presented to his Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and members of the general public on 'The Evolution of Complementary Cognition' and 'Dyslexia & Creativity in the UK'


Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide, The Dyslexic Advantage, USA
Thomas G. West, author and lecturer, USA
Prof. Gunnar Bjursell, professor of molecular genetics and molecular biology at the University of Gothenburg.
Gustav Källstrand, historian and Nobel Prize expert, Sweden
Susanna Cederquist, author and lecturer, Sweden


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May 06, 2019

Documentary: Dyslexia -

A Hidden Strength

City University London

Interviewed for a documentary investigating whether there are advantages to the way that people with dyslexia think - made by trainee journalists at City University of London.

Other interviewees: Professor John Stein, University of Oxford; Sharon Goldstone, Dyslexia Assessor; Tom McLaughlin, Author & Illustrator; Professor Sara Rankin, Imperial College London.

City University


March13, 2019

Diverse Minds 2.0: From Insight to Action

Havas London.

Presented the keynote lecture along with Judy Singer at Diverse Minds 2.0 - a conference aimed at ND individuals primarily in the advertising and media industry (creative, media and tech sectors).
"In this fast-moving and uncertain world, it is even more clear that people are a company’s best asset. The mix of people in a workplace are what gives that company its competitive edge and its resilience. We believe Diverse Minds to be a competitive advantage, the onus is on us to create workplaces in which they can get through the door and thrive by showing up as themselves. "
Organised by Roxanne Hobbs and Creative Equals. 

Diverse Minds


November 30, 2018

The Neurodiverse Aesthetic 

Bartle Bogle Hegarty (Ad agency)

Talk and panel Discussion with Dr. Chris Arnold from the Creative Orchestra & The Garage Innovation Consultancy, and Dr Duval Tubridy from Goldsmiths University. 

Organised by Lennie Varvarides & Kazimir Bielecki, 
Directors at DYSPLA




January 14, 2017

Farther & Sun: A Dyslexic Road Trip

BBC4 Documentary

Could dyslexia be a gift? Or can it only ever be a disability? Documentary maker Richard Macer sets off on a road trip with his dyslexic son Arthur to find the answer. En route, they meet Richard Branson and Eddie Izzard, and many other successful dyslexic people.

Dyslexia is a difficulty with reading and writing that affects one in ten people. It causes misery to many schoolchildren, and it can lead to greater problems later in life. Fifty per cent of prisoners are thought to be dyslexic, but at the same time, many successful people are also dyslexic, and businesses like Google, Nasa and GCHQ see the benefit in a neuro-diverse workforce. Richard and Arthur are looking for an answer to this conundrum and interview academics, scientists and designers.

But there is a personal narrative too. Richard struggled at school just like his son, and now 40 years on, he is assessed for dyslexia. Will the result give him closure on a lifetime of feeling different? And if he is dyslexic, does that mean his son has inherited a gift or a curse?



March 15, 2018

Dyspla International Moving Image Festival

The Crypt Gallery, London

Panel discussion on creativity of people with dyslexia, chaired by Deborah Williams, Executive Director of the Creative Diversity Network.


With D-Fuse (artist), Dr. Chris Arnold (Creative Orchestra), Sara Putt (Putt Associates, Film Agency), Mike Forshaw (filmmaker), Jim Rokos (Inventor)


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