March 2023

It Takes All Kinds of Minds’ (ITAKOM) conference

On 13th and 14th March 2023, the ‘It Takes All Kinds of Minds’ (ITAKOM) conference about Neurodiversity welcomed over 1,000 to Scotland's capital, both in person and virtually from 24 countries. Delegates who made this event a success came with varying perspectives including educators, neurodivergent individuals, academics, and care sector professionals.

Photo - Delegates from the Scottish Borders

Hosted at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 52 leading professionals travelled to the city to deliver a series of 50 education sessions and round table discussions with the united purpose of bringing together different perspectives, enabling us to better understand neurodiversity and work together towards our vision of a society where all forms of neurodiversity are embraced, and no mind is left behind.

The Harris Trust funded individuals from Scottish Borders High Schools, Council, NHS Borders, Third Sector and Parents of neurodivergent young people to attend ITAKOM. Feedback was hugely positive and we hope that this event will spark ideas within organisations in the Scottish Borders and contribute to a cultural change in attitudes towards 'difference'. Some comments from our delegates:

Professor Sue Fletcher-Watson, Organiser of ITAKOM with Jane and Katie Macdonell, Leagh Douglas and Kirstin Johnston