Photo of two people presenting a presentation on 'neurodiversity a personal journey'
t is a case of today the Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership (MVRP), tomorrow the United Nations, for eloquent neurodiversity speaker, Jack Fitzpatrick.
The 21-year-old soon-to-be PHD student stopped off at the Partnership’s Plaza base to showcase the necessity for neurodiverse workplaces, share the technologies that will enable people with conditions such as dyslexia to progress, and regale his extraordinary life-story – to great acclaim.
Jack, who graduated from Liverpool John Moores University and once appeared on Good Morning Britain, believes himself fortunate to have been diagnosed with autism when just three-years-old. Supported through a childhood where his lack of balance caused frequent falls and he regularly misinterpreted oral messages, transitioning from school to college and thence to university proved relatively smooth, though he admits, “I know others have not been so fortunate.”
Jack shared his vision of a more inclusive workplace where those with the special traits associated with autism were appreciated. He also outlined his experiences of wearing a sunflower lanyard, which connotes a neurodiverse condition and helps him feel safer whilst on the streets.
Jack even had some pointers for a neurodiverse-friendly colour scheme and pictorial, audible and kinetic accessibility for the new MVRP website, coming shortly.
These popular insights will now be shared in Geneva, where Jack will represent neurodiverse young people and take part in a residential.
The MVRP, for one, think him the perfect ambassador.
Pictured left to right are Jack Fitzpatrick with Georgia Probert, Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership Liaison Officer (Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside).