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An online forum for professionals, volunteers and people with lived experience to consider ways for services to more effectively meet the needs of their neurodiverse clients. While not considered a core tenet of severe multiple disadvantage (SMD), a significant percentage of beneficiaries supported across the Changing Futures programme are neurodivergent.


This Community of Practice meets every few months on Thursday mornings from 10am to 12 noon. All our sessions are online and are facilitated via Zoom. 

This session takes place on Thursday 15 February 2024.

Our theme this time is Understanding the Nexus of Neurodiversity, Addiction, and Homelessness:
Research suggests that neurodivergent individuals may be more susceptible to certain challenges, including addiction and experience of homelessness. The intersection of neurodiversity and these issues is complex and understanding these dynamics is crucial for effective support and intervention. Studies indicate a higher prevalence of neurodivergent individuals among the homeless population, shedding light on the need for targeted assistance.

This session will explore the connections between neurodiversity, addiction and homelessness. We will look at the impact of neurodiversity on addiction including coping mechanisms and real-life examples. As well as investigate pathways to homelessness and how addiction can impact on housing stability. We will end our session examining interventions and solutions with a focus on those specifically tailored to neurodivergent individuals, including the sharing of success stories.

Our meetings involve group discussions and presentations from colleagues at Autistic Nottingham. The session offers our members a chance to learn about neurodiversity and SMD in a supportive, peer led environment, with the opportunity to share lived and learned experience, network, discuss challenges and ask questions.

Who can attend?
This CoP is open to anyone with an interest in, or passion for, understanding neurodiversity, and who has a commitment to improving the way that services are designed and delivered so they are more inclusive of individuals who are neurodivergent.

We welcome people with lived experience of SMD and/or neurological differences to join this CoP, as well as professionals and volunteers across sectors.

Ongoing attendance:
To promote continuity and to gain maximum learning we encourage participants to attend all sessions of this CoP, or to nominate a colleague to attend on your behalf.

Register now to confirm your place.

15th February, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
PDU interactive online session via Zoom
Phone: 07541 911000