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February 2, 2021

Meet our CPD Day speakers: Sam Marsden and Rosie Jones

by Rachel Pewsey posted in Neurodiversity.

Ayoa | Meet our CPD Day speakers: Sam Marsden and Rosie Jones
At Ayoa, we are passionate about neurodiversity. We want to ensure that neurodivergent individuals don’t feel forgotten and that everyone can use our collaborative whiteboard software to be more creative and productive – and ultimately, achieve more. In fact, Ayoa is an assistive piece of software that has been approved by the DSA (Disabled Students’ Allowance) for Student Finance England.

As part of our mission to help neurodivergent students get the most out of their learning, Ayoa is hosting a FREE virtual CPD Day on Wednesday, 10th February from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (GMT). We will be joined by other assistive technology providers, as well as a host of neurodiversity experts and neurodivergent individuals, who will share their insights and give needs assessors and disability advisers practical advice on how they can best support neurodivergent students throughout 2021.

We’re excited to announce that we will be joined by author Sam Marsden, and comedian Rosie Jones on the day. Sam will be talking to us about her journey to becoming a writer with dyslexia, and we’ll be treated to an exclusive comedy stand-up performance from Rosie! Find out more about our guest speakers below:

About Sam Marsden

Sam is the author of ‘100 Acting Exercises for 8–18 Year Olds’, ‘Teach Drama’, and ‘Under Glass.’ Her debut novel, ‘Under Glass’, has been optioned for film and TV by former Warner Bros. president Greg Silverman’s Stampede Ventures.

Before becoming a writer, Sam worked as a freelance drama teacher for eleven years and ran her own Youth Theatre, which grew into one of the largest regional Youth Theatres in the UK. She now lives in the South of France and writes for The Stage newspaper, as well as fiction for young adults.

Sam’s ability to bring life and joy to not only the characters of her writing but also the very process of creating them has seen her not only release novels but also lead online courses specially created for budding dyslexic authors.

In Sam’s talk, she will be talking about her personal experiences with having dyslexia as an author whilst offering advice for dyslexic writers on how they can tell their own stories.

About Rosie Jones

With her infectious laugh and high energy, Rosie Jones has quickly become a must-see act on the UK comedy circuit. The ex-television researcher was awarded second place in the Leicester Mercury’s New Comedian Of The Year Award 2018 and has gone on to star in shows such as Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, The Jonathon Ross Show, and many more.

Rosie has completed two sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with both Fifteen Minutes and Backward receiving critical acclaim, including the Scotsman describing her show as “both elegantly crafted and mischievous to its bones”.

Not forgetting her comedy writing roots, Rosie is busy working on sitcoms and wrote on the hit Netflix series Sex Education. Additionally, Rosie is an incredible actor, making her primetime debut in a Silent Witness two-part-special and most recently starring as Penelope Lawrence in BBC’s Shakespeare & Hathaway.

Get ready to laugh as Rosie will be treating us to an exclusive comedy stand up performance during the event!

Not claimed your free ticket yet?

Don’t worry – there’s still time to book your place on our FREE virtual CPD Day! Alongside Sam Marsden and Rosie Jones, you will be joined by a number of exciting guests such as Nick Posford, the CEO of the British Dyslexia Association, Emma Sheakey from Learning Labs, Dr. Richard Purcell from TalkType and Ed McCann from Caption.Ed, plus many more speakers.

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