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Natasha-May Powell

"When the outside world tries to put you in a box, break free and use your superpower."

ND diagnosis or self-identify as:

Diagnosed with dyslexia. Self-identifies with traits of ADHD.

Current job title:

Advanced clinical specialist – occupational therapist.

Degree/apprenticeship or route to current job:

Left school with minimal GCSEs
Did GNVQ leisure and tourism to make up GCSEs
Advanced health and social care
HnD health and social care
Undergraduate degree in social welfare
Postgraduate Dip in OT

What was your experience with school?

It was challenging to read, to write, and to focus, which affected my mental health. None of my teachers picked up on my learning differences until I went to uni.

What strategies/ assistive technology do you use to help you in your work?

Due to my late diagnosis, I work out my own strategies to be fair. Since diagnosis, I use text-to-speech read-aloud mind mapping and Dragon diction software.

What ND skills have allowed you to succeed (or progress) in your STEM career?

Self resillence
Open to be vulnerable
Courage
Right environment
Compassionate managers and supportive
Unwilling to put extreme pressure on self
Sense of humour for those days your brain is not on full gas

What advice would you give your younger self?

Self love and self care! You are amazing.

In a world that thinks different to yourself, find your tribe e.g., attend groups with people with similar learning style so you are not alone and have a community. You belong, too.

When the outside world tries to put you in a box, break free and use your superpower.

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