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About New Deal for Neurodiversity
Our mission is to level the playing field for Neurodivergent individuals, empowering them to fulfil their potential in the workplace. We believe in a world where everyone, regardless of their neurotype, can thrive.
At New Deal for Neurodiversity, we take a holistic approach to foster understanding and collaboration among all stakeholders. We provide comprehensive support to Neurodivergent individuals through personalised coaching, helping them to embrace their unique strengths and navigate challenges.
Our commitment extends beyond individual empowerment. We partner with employers to cultivate neuro-inclusive team cultures. Through tailored training programs for managers and HR staff, we equip organisations with the tools and knowledge needed to support Neurodivergent employees effectively. We also develop and implement Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs, ensuring that Neurodiversity is a core consideration.
Our impact goes beyond the workplace. We actively engage with allies through consulting services, enabling managers to enhance their skills in supporting Neurodivergent individuals independently of their employers.
Join our community, the Collective, and receive exclusive content to help you on your Neurodiversity journey. Our social media platforms also provide valuable resources, covering a variety of topics.
New Deal for Neurodiversity is a sole tradership operated by Lizzie Somerfield and registered in Ontario.
We aim to provide you (and me!) a safe space to unmask, if you're comfortable doing so. This is a judgement-free zone.
About Lizzie Somerfield
In my lifetime, I've worked in many different environments - from small businesses to giant tech companies. It wasn't until 2021 and a diagnosis of ADHD and autism that I understood why I had never quite fit.
I'm now on a mission to make workplaces more neuro-inclusive, so that Neurodivergent people have a fair chance at fulfilling their potential. I'm also wildly passionate about helping Neurodivergent people to feel validated and empowered to advocate for themselves!
Read more about my experience below and please get in touch if you think we'd be a good fit to work together.
My Lived Experience
In the back of my mind, I always knew there was something different about me. I could see that other people were picking up on it, even if I didn't know what it was. Eventually, I was diagnosed as Autistic and ADHD at the age of 30. As I worked through what this meant for me personally, I was also having to think about what it meant for me at work. It was this first venture into advocating for myself that lead me to seek coaching from a fellow Neurodivergent person, and opened my eyes to the scale of the challenge faced by Neurodivergent people in the workplace. The challenges I was facing - the misundersandings, lack of adequate training and processes, and mistreatment - they were not just my challenges but shared by a huge number of Neurodivergent people. It was this realisation which lead me to New Deal for Neurodiversity.
I am a New Zealand qualified lawyer, and began my career working in a boutique law firm in New Zealand. A lot of the skills I gained as a lawyer - advocating for others, active listening, etc - are definitely serving me well as a Neurodiversity advocate and trainer! In 2016, I moved overseas to complete my Masters degree followed by working overseas in London. I soon landed an in-house position at Apple. During my nearly 5 years there I changed a lot - primarily through my ADHD and Autism diagnosis journey - and my priorities changed too. So at the end of 2022 I said farewell to what many people would consider a dream job, and set off on this New Deal for Neurodiversity journey.
A trademark of many late-diagnosed Neurodivergent people is a large collection of qualifications due to our special interests and hyperfixations - it's definitely mine at least! Since transitioning away from a corporate / legal career, I've completed the following: - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certification from HR University - Make ADHD Work for you in 30 days, ADHD Works - Project Management Certification, Google (via Coursera) - ADHD Coaching Certification, ADHD Works These courses, coupled with my corporate experience give me unique insight into realistic pathways to tangible changes in neuro-inclusion in the workplace - as well as equipping me to support fellow Neurodivergent people! I've gone on to host group coaching programs, organise free ADHD Awareness month events, gain 60+ hours of coaching experience, publish resources for the Neurodivergent community, and more!