Leah Leaves (Bevan) Nominated for the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards

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I am absolutely delighted to announce that I’ve been nominated for the Positive Role Model (Disability) at The National Diversity Awards 2020!  

I was very shocked when I received the notification and I still don’t know who nominated me.  But I am absolutely delighted and proud to have been nominated.

It’s an honour to have been nominated for such an award after spending the majority of my life negotiating the world through the lens of Autism, ADHD and Irlen’s Syndrome, without realising their huge impact, until I was diagnosed with these neurodiverse conditions in 2019 at the age of 43. 

These neurodiverse conditions are present from birth and affect the way a person responds to, interacts with and experiences the world.  This makes everyday things much more difficult to manage and it means that many neurodivergent people, including myself, can find it difficult to make our way in the world without significant impacts on our health, status and wellbeing.

I also have Sjogren’s Syndrome, a chronic autoimmune illness, together with Transverse Myelitis, a rare neurological condition which affects my spinal cord. This means I have a daily battle with nerve pain, muscle weakness, vision problems and fatigue.

I struggle with traditional forms of employment and as a result, I decided to set up a business which would be helpful for other people who may face similar challenges.  Helping others is rewarding and even though I have to overcome my own challenges, seeing other people starting to notice positive changes in their lives makes it all worthwhile.

I’ve helped hundreds of people having set up my hypnotherapy practice nearly ten years ago.

Since being diagnosed with autism and ADHD, my aim is to use everything I’ve learnt about neurodiverse conditions to help people live happier and more successful lives.

I am passionate about raising awareness of ADHD and autism in women because I understand from firsthand experience, the difficult which neurodiverse women experience in obtaining diagnosis or finding help.

There can be a different presentation of traits, which, combined with a lack of specific services for adults means that many women, like me, only get diagnosis in adulthood, after years of trying to cope with the challenges.

Others never get a diagnosis or the support which would transform their lives.  This can often lead to a huge impact on self-esteem and mental wellbeing.

I use the skills I’ve gained over my many years as a successful hypnotherapist to tailor my approach towards supporting the newly diagnosed in understanding their perception of the world with a new understanding of themselves. 

At the same time, I also support those already diagnosed to help them live comfortably alongside their neurodiversity in a way that works for them.

The National Diversity Awards receives over 28,000 nominations and votes annually.  This year’s awards are due to be held in September in Liverpool.

To find out more about the awards, please visit www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/nominate

If you’d like to vote for me, please visit: https://nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/nominate/28343/ 

Alternatively, if you’d like to find out more about my services and the support I can provide for neurodiversity, you can contact me here or click here to book in for your assessment consultation now.