Name: Rosemary Richings
Neurodivergence: Dyspraxia. Sensory processing issues.
Professional Role: Author. Freelance writer. Editor.
Bio: Rosemary Richings is a writer, editor, and public speaker specialising in disability and neurodiversity-related subject matter and the author of Stumbling Through Space and Time: Living Life With Dyspraxia. Rosemary's writing has been featured in Travel + Leisure, Broken Pencil Magazine, Happiful Magazine, and a long list of other print and digital publications. She has also done writing and editing work for organisations such as E-bay, Lexxic, Uptimize, Lokafy, and Yellowpages Canada. Past public speaking engagements include Reach PLC and Delinian's disability education program. Rosemary is on the board of trustees of Dyspraxic Me, a charity for dyspraxic young adults.
Recent Publications: Please refer to the writing portfolio here for a detailed list of publications: https://www.rosemaryrichings.com/writing.html
Location: Marrakech, Morocco and Toronto, Canada.
Available for Virtual Sessions: YES
Available for In-Person Sessions: YES
Available to Travel: YES. Since I am based in Marrakech, I am a short plane journey away from several big cities in Central Europe, the UK, and Ireland. When I'm in Toronto, this opens up the options to Toronto and Greater Toronto Area, along with Montreal, Ottawa, and Guelph, and potentially US cities that are manageable travel distance from Toronto, such as New York City and Washington. Covering travel expenses, or at least some portion of travel expenses, is ideal, either way.
Specific Support Required: Access to a quiet room for sensory processing issues helps manage sensory overload. When it's a virtual event, I prefer to have a designated moderator because I lose track of my thought process when speaking and moderating an event simultaneously. I also have dyspraxia (a coordination disorder), so I get lost easily and find it hard to remember instructions that require a lot of movement, coordination, and planning. Write instructions and expectations down, or make sure someone patient and understanding is around for details I am uncertain of that may require clarification. Showing how something works, instead of telling me how something works, is generally a good rule to stick to, and multi-tasking is really difficult for me. One instruction and task at a time, not several!
Speaking Topics Include: Dyspraxia 101; Supporting dyspraxic women and girls at work, school, etc; Understanding dyspraxia as a friend, family member, partner, or spouse of a dyspraxic person; Neurodivergence and self-employment; Neurodivergence and publishing; Communicating your diagnosis at work; Making the shift and trying something new; Navigating neurodivergence when moving to a new city or country.
Suitable Audiences Include: The majority of the people who have resonated with the work I have produced so far have been parents and families of neurodivergent people, business managers, HR professionals, and employers, academics studying neurodivergent-related subject matter, educators, and neurodivergent teenagers and adults.
Speaker Experience: Please refer to the speaker page: https://www.rosemaryrichings.com/neurodiversityspeaking.html
Book this Speaker: Email firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will send a Calendly link to book a call to discuss the logistics of this event before the event if everything is fine from scheduling, audience, and an agreed payment point of view.
"We had the pleasure of hosting Rosemary Richings, Carlota Berlanga Fernández, Krystal-Bella Shaw, and Jessica Squires as we explored the topic of neurodiversity with our leaders at Reach plc. I felt proud to facilitate such an important discussion with four phenomenal people and learnt so much." - Natasha Whitehurst Former Diversity & Inclusion Manager / Reach PLC