My name is Siena. I am 16 and live in London. I am a math nerd and the proud owner of the cutest dog in the universe. I am also a passionate advocate for autism acceptance and neurodiversity in schools and the work place.
I created this website because I want to mentor and support bright children with learning differences. I know how challenging it is to have a learning difference. I have Asperger’s, dyslexia, dyspraxia and AD(H)D (as well as anxiety, hypermobility, synesthesia and a sensory processing disorder).
Being different and standing out from the crowd is isolating, especially when those around us can’t understand the daily struggles that we face. Although, there are lots of support websites for the parents of children with learning differences, there is no website to mentor and support us. I find this odd, since we are the ones that have to deal with the daily reality of having learning differences.
I have had lots of negative experiences because of my learning differences, including being bullied at school for most of my childhood. Along the way, I have learned how to succeed despite the obstacles I have faced. I am finally happy and doing well academically and socially. By sharing my experiences and the knowledge I have gained along the way, I hope to help kids like me have a smoother school experience.
In order to change negative perceptions about learning differences and autism, I have created a school campaign to promote positive attitudes and behaviours towards neurodiverse students. My campaign - www.neurodiversity.celebration.week.com - aims to have EVERY school in the UK sign up to participate in Neurodiversity Celebration Week, a week in which the strengths of being neurodiverse are recognised and acknowledged. Please become a change-maker by being part of my campaign. Ask your school to support their dyslexic, dyspraxic, autistic and ADHD students by taking part in Neurodiversity Celebration Week.