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Being neurodivergent in design and research panel with Chad Gowler, Claire Barrett and Shannon Lu

Panel

1h 20mins

To help build more inclusive workplaces, we need to actively listen to those with varying needs and experiences. Within this session we will speak to 3 designers and user researchers who are neurodivergent to hear about their experiences navigating workplaces, how to make workplaces more inclusive for neurodivergent people, and myths about their strengths and weaknesses and how that intersects with their job roles.

Date and time:

Monday, 13 November - 15:30-16:50 GMT, 10:30-11:50 EST, 7:30-8:50 PST

Intended audience: 

Registration opens: 9 October

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Date and time:

Monday, 13 November - 15:30-16:50 GMT, 10:30-11:50 EST, 7:30-8:50 PST

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We will spend 1 hour listening to them answer questions, followed by answering up to 15 minutes of audience questions.


Through this panel we hope that this session will:

  • resonate for other neurodivergent designers and researchers, providing ideas for helping them navigate the workplace or allowing them to share their experiences in the chat
  • examine and re-frame common beliefs about design and research processes and what traits and activities are important
  • help neurotypical designers and researchers better understand the challenges that neurodivergent people face
  • help shape workplaces to be more inclusive for neurodivergent staff, which also benefits everyone
Left Chad: White person with short black hair and pink shirt smiling at the camera. Middle Claire: A close up of Claire’s face against a white wall. She has ginger hair with a fringe, is wearing a gray top and black shirt. She is half smiling whilst looking awkwardly at the camera. Right: Shannon smiling with a slight breeze in her hair posed front of a painted royal blue brick wall.

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User researcher

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Senior UX Consultant

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User researcher

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Senior UX Consultant

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We will spend 1 hour listening to them answer questions, followed by answering up to 15 minutes of audience questions.


Through this panel we hope that this session will:

  • resonate for other neurodivergent designers and researchers, providing ideas for helping them navigate the workplace or allowing them to share their experiences in the chat
  • examine and re-frame common beliefs about design and research processes and what traits and activities are important
  • help neurotypical designers and researchers better understand the challenges that neurodivergent people face
  • help shape workplaces to be more inclusive for neurodivergent staff, which also benefits everyone

Chad Gowler (they/them)

Chad is a user researcher based in Sheffield in the UK. They have been working in tech for over a decade as a developer and accessibility consultant, tester and specialist. They do talks on inclusive design for transgender people, the importance of user research and most recently on using game design to improve accessibility awareness training. In their spare time they are interested in gaming and game accessibility, as well as LBGTQ+ and disability rights.

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Claire Barrett (she/they)

Claire is a Senior UX Consultant at cxpartners in Bristol, UK and has worked in UX for over a decade, with expertise in research, design and inclusivity. She’s particularly interested in ethical design and tech, and uses inclusive practices to create products and services that lead to more equitable outcomes. She leads cxpartners’ inclusivity Community of Practice which aims to develop their practitioner’s understanding and expertise in inclusive research and design, and develop more a more diverse and inclusive workplace. A late ADHD diagnosis has introduced her to neuroinclusion in the workplace, and she’s trying to drive change within consultancy environments to make workplaces and the work we do more inclusive for all.

Shannon Lu (she/her)

Shannon is originally from the USA and currently based out of Amsterdam. She works in user research operations at IKEA, with one area of focus supporting inclusive, diverse, and equitable research. She’s always had a love and curiosity for people of all backgrounds and places and how they live their lives, which led me into UX research where she hopes to stay for a while.

Outside of work, she loves being outdoors - hiking, climbing or snowboarding. She indulges in spicy food often and aims to pet as many dogs as possible.

After spending years attending conferences and learning from others, she’s trying her hand at being a speaker for the first time.

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