I’d strongly encourage anyone to bring Rachel into their environment to hear her talk.Jon Spriggs, in this blog post on OggCamp
I want to help you make your event a success.
I currently have two talks available – one on accessibility and one on my own story of neurodiversity and mental illness recovery. Abstracts are below, along with my bio.
Talk 1: What accessibility is and how you can be truly accessible
People too often think accessibility is just about ramps and Braille. But it covers a much wider area – helping people with mental illnesses, learning difficulties, neurodevelopmental disorders – and, crucially, “normal” people! Almost every improvement you make for a particular group helps everyone outside that group as well.
So many access improvements can be so easily made – from having a photo of the door of your building on your website, to help people find it, or telling people when an event ends as well as starts so they know how long they have to sit still!
And when it comes to your employees, accessibility goes even further. It’s not just about altering their environment so they can do their best work, it’s about exploiting their unique gifts so they can truly shine.
“Doing an amazing job at educating people on accessibility”
“Powerful and moving.”
“I just wanted to say how much I loved your talk.”
“A welcome change to the norm.”
Talk 2: The Power of Change: learning to live as a “weirdo”
Being called a weirdo from an early age but never really understanding why, I talk about how I finally learnt to embrace being different. I weave my personal story with fascinating facts and unique insights into the world of neurodiversity and mental illness. It’s not all about me though – I use my experience working as a coach to help you understand and embrace your differences too.
“Absolutely brilliant! Humourous, compassionate and thought-provoking.”
“I learned and laughed so much.”
“Easily the best talk of [the conference].”
“It was the best I have seen [at the conference].”
“So compelling and funny and emotional. Absolutely superb.”
I am a trained public speaker with over 15 years’ experience speaking at events. I enjoy building a rapport with people, so I tailor each talk for the specific audience. Because I have ADHD, I ensure that no-one ever gets bored, and I make sure every person has something useful they can take away from each talk.
I’ve been interviewed on live and recorded radio (including Radio 4), and on live TV. I’ve spoken to groups of 20 and audiences of hundreds, doing straightforward presentations, Q&A expert panels and interviews. I’ve presented at Bar Camps, for networking groups, at exhibitions and at conferences. I’ve even done a best man’s speech!
My feedback has been consistently and overwhelmingly positive, which I attribute to my commitment to doing a good job, connecting with people, and being fortunate enough to have a great audience.
Thank you for sharing your very personal and emotive journey Rachel. You had us all transfixed and you even caused our first ever standing ovation!Duncan Nisbet, organiser, Liverpool Tester Gathering