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Cat Miller is an artist, writer and friend of Exceptional Individuals. She also has Dyslexia.
We worked with Cat some time ago when she took part in one of our Public Speaking Workshops, to help improve her confidence through developing her communication skills.
Cat was finding that when public speaking, her nerves occasionally got in the way and that her dyslexia sometimes meant words came out in the wrong order.
Since Cat worked with us at Exceptional Individuals, she has gone on to do amazing work, creating fantastic artistic exhibitions that have been acquired by well-renowned libraries.
Ian Solomon-Kawall is an artist, inspirational leader and consultant. His work ranges from running award-winning garden projects in South London, including May Project Gardens, to leading positive social change through his partnerships with companies like LUSH.
Ian initially came to Exceptional Individuals to gain some expert advice, speaking to our founder, Matt, about the challenges of starting a business with dyslexia.
He was looking for advice and inspiration from people running their own business around neurodiversity, hoping to find the synergy between similar organisations.
JarrahJarrah is a composer for film and television. He creates sound design and writes music for animation as well as live-action content. He is dyspraxic although remained undiagnosed until fairly recently, partly due to never hearing about it or what it might mean. He had grown up knowing that anything involving hand-eye coordination and using fine motor skills was difficult, including the use of any kind of tool. He had adapted to the natural day-to-day challenges, finding ways to hide or disguise them from others.
Jarrah saw a call out EI made at the end of 2019 – reaching out to anyone self-employed or freelance who identified as neurodiverse and who were having difficulties as a result of the pandemic.
Like many creative freelancers, Jarrah supported his income in freelance hospitality roles which came to an abrupt halt at the start of the first lockdown. Although Jarrah was able to continue composing – finding some financial security became crucial. The pandemic had ushered in the need to reassess things.
BethBeth was diagnosed with dyslexia and dyspraxia at university. It affected her reading and writing, time management and focus.
She entered the working world without any support beyond the diagnosis and spent four years with a London based company as a Researcher.
After a particularly busy period in work, Beth became quite overwhelmed with the expectations of her and the sheer volume of the workload. She needed to take a step back and sought help in the form of personal therapy to manage her anxiety. At the same time, her manager and HR team put her directly in touch with Exceptional Individuals. Until this point, she hadn’t been aware of this type of workplace support.
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