Recently Emma was delighted to be named as one of the UK’s top influential women in the first ever list drawn up by “Women Beyond the Box” an online platform, founded by Emma Case. The list focuses on amplifying the voices of neurodivergent women. The list includes a number of influential women who are scientists, designers, creative, artists, actresses and activists and much more.
On choosing Emma, the founder of Women Beyond the Box, Emma Case said:
“This list is about firsts, as Emma was the first MP to openly share about her experience living with Dyspraxia, she was an obvious choice. My hope is that women searching for inspiration will feel encouraged by Emma and the position that she occupies in spite of the challenges she faces as a Neurodivergent woman.”
It is estimated that around 1 in 7 people (more than 15% of people in the UK) are neurodivergent, meaning that the brain functions, learns and processes information differently. Neurodivergence includes Attention Deficit Disorders, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia.
Emma lives with Dyspraxia, a form of developmental coordination disorder which is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. She is the first MP to have spoken publicly about her condition.
Since being elected Emma has raised awareness of Dyspraxia and other neurodivergent conditions in Parliament and other platforms in an effort to break down barriers and help other with similar conditions. In Parliament she has held debates and worked hard to change legislation to improve the lives of children and adults who are diagnosed with neurodivergent conditions. She continues to work closely with the charity the Dyspraxia Foundation and was recently elected as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dyspraxia.
On being listed among the top 50 most influential neurodivergent women in the UK Emma said:
“It is such an honour to be named by Women Beyond the Box as one of the country’s most influential neurodivergent women and to be recognised for the work I have done and will continue to do for the millions of people in the UK who suffer with a neurodivergent condition. I am truly humbled to be listed alongside such powerful and distinguished women as Gizzi Erskine, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE and Jo Malone CBE. I would like to thank Emma Case, founder and creator of Women Beyond the Box for including me and for her work on raising awareness of issues faced for women who are faced with neurodivergent conditions.”