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Show 27 Neurodiversity – creating a more accepting society – an interview with Charlie Hart.
Charlie Hart lost her son Iggy to suicide in April, 2019 when he was just 15 years old. Like his 3 siblings, his mum and his dad, Iggy was autistic.
During this powerful and insightful interview with Charlie, we chat with her about her family’s tragic experience and the additional trauma they experienced following an inaccurate coroner’s inquest verdict of ‘accidental death’.
This conversation does contain reference to means of suicide.
During this show, we learnt much more about what neurodiversity is and how all our brains are wired differently and that this is okay – ‘It doesn’t mean some of them are defective’.
A highly experienced HR professional of more than 20 years, Charlie talks about her HR inclusion work and speaking events which explore topics relating to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, through the lens of her own experience as a late diagnosed neurodivergent bi-pansexual mum of autistic children.
Charlie concludes our interview with a message to any young child who is on the ‘Double Rainbow’, or who might think they’re different for any other reason: ‘Don’t dull your sparkle for anyone. Be your wonderful, weird, quirky queer, whatever, selves, and be proud. Life’s too short to, to hide yourself away.’
If you would like to learn more about Charlie and Iggy’s story and about the talks and workshops Charlie delivers, you can connect with her via her website and social media channels:
Website – Ausome Charlie Ltd https://ausomecharlie.co.uk/
Twitter (X) https://twitter.com/AusomeCharlie