Changing Perceptions: Virtual Conference 2021

The ADHD Foundation: Neurodiversity Charity and ADHD Ireland are collaborating to facilitate the largest ADHD conference in Europe, taking place virtually between 6th to the 9th of October.

Global leaders and experts from across the world will unite to increase understanding of and celebrate ADHD. This ground-breaking conference will lead insightful and inclusive discussions on all things ADHD to create change and to push for progress.

The conference will feature the world’s greatest speakers on the topic, such as Dr Russell Barkley, Prof Amanda Kirby, Dr Ned Hallowell, Thomas E Brown, Prof Sandra Kooij, Dr Ned Hallowell, Prof Barry Carpenter, Shaun Fenton OBE, Rory Bremner, Amjad Ali and Angela Barnes.

With something for everyone, ‘Changing Perceptions’ is a four-day event aimed at all those affected by ADHD, including: educators, parents and adults, medical professionals and children and young people.


October 6th (day one) – Educators: €70
October 7th (day two) – Parents and adults: €20
October 8th (day three) – Medical professionals: €70
October 9th (day four) – Young People: FREE

October 6th – Day One: Educators

2pm – Welcome from Dr Tony Lloyd and Ken Kilbride
2:15 – 3pm – ‘Neurodiversity in Education’ by Colin Foley, National Training Director at the ADHD Foundation
3:15 – 3:45pm – ‘Autism and ADHD: from vision to reality of an outstanding educational provision’ by Ania Hildrey, Headteacher of Abbot’s Lea School
3:45 – 4:15pm – ‘Neurodiversity in Early Years Education’ by Emma Weaver, Director of Early Years at ADHD Foundation
4:15 – 5pm – ‘Strategies to support students with ADHD in the classroom with their learning’ by Amjad Ali, teacher, trainer, TEDx speaker and senior leader
5:15 – 6pm – ‘The Recovery Curriculum’ by Professor Barry Carpenter CBE, the UK’s first Professor in Mental Health in Education
6 – 6:45pm – ‘Neurodiversity in Education’ – Panel featuring: Martin McKenna, Colin Foley, Ania Hildrey & Professor Barry Carpenter OBE
7pm – ‘New Understandings of ADHD: Implications for Student Motivation’ by Dr. Thomas E. Brown, Clinical Professor and ADHD Author

October 7th – Adults and Parents

2pm – Welcome by Dr Tony Lloyd and Ken Kilbride
2:15 – 3pm – ‘Neurodiversity in Young Adults’ by Ned Hallowell, American psychiatrist, speaker and New York Times best-selling author
3:15 – 3:45pm – ‘Hormonal Mood Changes’ by Sandra Kooij, founder and chair of the European Network Adult ADHD
3:45 – 4:15pm – ‘ADHD Rarely Travels Alone – Co-occurrence with autism dyslexic and developmental coordination disorder’ by Prof Amanda Kirby, Chair of the ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity and Founder of Do-it Solutions
4:15 – 5pm – ‘The Parent School Relationship – making it work for your child’ by Andrew Greenfield, Child and Educational psychologist
5:15 – 5:45pm – ‘The ADHD Shitometer’ by Andrew Whitehouse, Special Educational Needs and Disability Consultant
6 – 7pm – 3 Comedians Discuss Their ADHD by Angela Barnes, Dave Twentyman and Rory Bremner
7 – 8:30pm – ‘The 14 Best Principles for Raising a Child or Teen with ADHD’ by Dr Russell A. Barkley, internationally recognized author on ADHD.

October 8th – Clinicians

10am – Welcome by Dr Tony Lloyd and Ken Kilbride
10:15 – 11:15am – ‘Women and ADHD – Takeda Symposia‘ by Dr Susan Young, Dr Kuben Naidoo and Carole Hughes
11:15 – 12pm – ‘Scaling up Focus ADHD: from concept to practice’ by Dr Mark Dines-Allen and Dr Dara Connell
12 – 1pm – ‘ADHD and Biological Facts’ by Dr Barbara Franke, Chair of Molecular Psychiatry at Radboud University in Nijmegen
2 – 2:45pm – ‘ADHD Comorbidities’ by Professor Sam Cortese, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
2:45 – 3:30pm – ‘What do we know about ADHD and its recognition by general practitioners in the NHS?’ by Dr Vibhore Prasad, Clinical Lecturer in General Practice
3:30 – 4:30pm – ‘ADHD Medication’ by Dr Blanaid Gavin, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
4:30 – 6pm – ‘Changing Perceptions of ADHD from the perspective of a Neurodiverse Paradigm’ by Dr Tony Lloyd, CEO of the ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity

October 9th – Young People

11:30 – 12pm – ‘Silly Billies’ Magic Show (For Children)
12 – 12:45pm – TikTok Dance Class with Julia Cahill (All Ages)
12:55 – 1pm – Welcome by Dr Tony Lloyd and Ken Kilbride
1 – 2pm – Comic Workshop with Rossie Stone, from Dekko Comics (All ages)
2 – 2:15pm – Poem Reading by Cole Middler (All ages)
2:15 – 2:20pm – A chat with William Atkinson, author of ‘A Gear That Just Won’t Turn: What ADHD Is Like For Me’
2:30 – 3pm – Emma O’Driscoll from ADHD Ireland talks about her story and the Advisory Setup
3 – 3:20 pm – Josh Beale from the ADHD Foundation talks about the Umbrella Project
3:25 – 3:40 pm – ‘Me and My ADHD’ by J Grange, a UK musician and rapper
3:40 – 4:00 pm – Q+A with Catherine Millan, Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer at The University of Manchester.
4 – 5pm – ‘Getting Fish Out Of Trees, One Brain At A Time’ by Jessica McCabe, How To ADHD

Day 4’s Headline Speaker

Jessica McCabe is the creator and host of the YouTube channel How to ADHD, the most popular ADHD channel on YouTube. She’s given a TED talk that’s been seen over 12 million times on Facebook and 1.5 million times on and inspired ADHD and neurodiversity advocacy around the world.  Her educational videos are fun, relatable, and based on current research, consultations with mental health professionals, and her personal experiences. Her content has helped hundreds of thousands of people accept and understand their unique brains and live better, more fulfilled lives.

Collaboration between ADHD Foundation: Neurodiversity Charity & ADHD Ireland –

Ken Kilbride – CEO of ADHD Ireland

“In Ireland we have seen perceptions of ADHD change and improve over the past 5 years. Schools and employers are now contacting us to get information and training on supporting people with ADHD. Yet the majority of children aren’t getting a diagnosis and treatment and services for adults are nearly non-existent on a societal level. We believe that ‘Changing Perceptions’ will help put ADHD on a bigger stage, as the next step in getting people with ADHD the help and support they deserve.”

Dr Tony Lloyd – CEO of ADHD Foundation: Neurodiversity Charity

“This event is a unique collaboration between people affected by ADHD and internationally renowned experts from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Holland & Australia. Sharing experiences and debating the changing perceptions about ADHD in the 21st century we will explore what do we all need to do, to enable those with ADHD to thrive? 

We will be asking , how should public services – especially health and education, adapt to meet the needs and develop the potential of the 1 in 5 people who are neurodiverse – and the 1 in 20 who live with ADHD? We are delighted to be working in partnership with our friends at ADHD Ireland.”

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