Pete Wharmby

After being diagnosed as autistic at the age of 34 in 2017, Pete Wharmby has immersed himself in working to improve autistic awareness, acceptance and making the world a more suitable place for the neurodivergent community.
FEE : £1k – £3k+
Virtual: £1k-£3k
In-person: £1k-£3k

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After being diagnosed as autistic at the age of 34 in 2017, I have immersed myself in working to improve autistic awareness, acceptance and making the world a more suitable place for the neurodivergent community.

I have spoken at a wide range of events and conferences since 2020 in the UK and in Europe and North America, both in person and remotely, sharing my insight and experience of being autistic and ADHD with businesses, governments, educational establishments and more.

I am active on LinkedIn, Instagram and on YouTube, where my channel is at over 3000 subscribers. I am a bestselling author: my first book, What I Want to Talk About, was published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in September 2022, and my second book, Untypical, was published by HarperCollins in March 2023, with the paperback released in March 2024. I have also written a number of articles, interviews and book chapters, and appeared on BBC Radio 2. I am a former secondary English teacher and a father-of-one.

Book Pete Wharmby

Featured Topics Include:

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Making Education Inclusive for Neurodivergent Students

In this speech I outline the typical difficulties that mainstream education settings present to neurodivergent students, giving clear examples of how stress and trauma can build up and lead to poor outcomes. I offer clear, easy-to-implement and vital advice on how to remove these barriers and stressors, creating a safer environment for all students, whatever their neurotype.

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Creating a more neuro-inclusive workplace

Workplaces are quickly realising how important it is to have cultures that welcome neurodiverse workforces, but can often struggle to implement practical, workable policies to help make this reality. In this speech I re-iterate how important it is to attract and retain neurodivergent talent, and how to go about making a work environment that works for everyone.

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Making Education Inclusive for Neurodivergent Students

In this speech I outline the typical difficulties that mainstream education settings present to neurodivergent students, giving clear examples of how stress and trauma can build up and lead to poor outcomes. I offer clear, easy-to-implement and vital advice on how to remove these barriers and stressors, creating a safer environment for all students, whatever their neurotype.

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Creating a more neuro-inclusive workplace

Workplaces are quickly realising how important it is to have cultures that welcome neurodiverse workforces, but can often struggle to implement practical, workable policies to help make this reality. In this speech I re-iterate how important it is to attract and retain neurodivergent talent, and how to go about making a work environment that works for everyone.

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Pete is a warm and witty speaker. He has unique understanding of neurodiversity through his first hand experience, theoretical knowledge and many years in the teaching profession. Pete’s speech made a significant impact on our teaching staff, the insights he shared will help our schools develop provision. Every teacher should have the opportunity to learn from him.”

Melanie Barrow- CEO, All Saints Schools Trust

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Pete delivered an engaging 1-hour virtual talk hosted by our Employee Resource Group. In a landscape where many autism training resources have a medical/psychology focus which can sometimes reinforce negative stereotypes, Pete's approach stood out. Sharing his personal journey with autism rather than resorting to a traditional lecture format truly resonated with our audience and gave a much better understanding of autistic experiences. The Q&A at the end of the talk also drew lots of questions from participants. Pete’s talk gained the highest attendance that we've recorded to date at a voluntary event and we received great feedback from both UK based and international colleagues.

Richard Sparrow, Collins Aerospace

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