Neurodiversity: flexibility of thought in TV 2022

9 Nov 2022, 13:00-14:30
Career stages
Early, Experienced, Expert
Unscripted TV
ScreenSkills funded

This session is part of the ‘Connect & Inspire’ strand which offers a variety of sessions, from in-person networking and online roundtables to in-depth case studies, designed to promote the sharing of knowledge and the building of relationships across Unscripted TV. 

Neurodiverse Media Community founder Nick Ransom explores the stories of media talent with neurological conditions and how accessible they find the industry. What do people think of accessibility in 2022? Is the media representing neurodiversity within its recruitment?

Who it's for

This is an unmissable session for those keen to learn about how TV treats people with a diagnosis of autism, ADHD, dyslexia or dyspraxia. With neurodiversity still a very new term to people in TV, Nick will also invite questions for both himself and his panel to answer.

The majority of the USF online short course offering is for those at early career stage and above. As a result, we generally require applicants to have at least 3 credits (unless working in a traditionally uncredited role). If you strongly feel you would still benefit from the training, please email so we can assess if an exception should be made.

We are committed to ensuring all our courses are accessible to everyone. Please email the above address if you have any access requirements and we will be delighted to help.


Nick Ransom

TV and digital assistant producer has worked across a range of genres including documentaries, reality and sport. He’s currently consulting on the edit of Inside the Autistic Mind, a new two-part documentary series coming soon to BBC Two.

Diagnosed as autistic five years ago, he now campaigns for a more accessible media. He set up the Neurodiverse Media Community last year on social media to ‘connect, engage and support’ media professionals with a neurological condition.

Danni Lowe

Danni is an experienced production manager with 23 years of TV experience. She has worked on a huge range of programmes including Big Brother, Ambulance and Panorama.

She was recently diagnosed with ADHD aged 44 and recently set up a company ‘PM to the Rescue’ to promote the idea of flexible working. 

Xanthe Palmer

BBC radio host Xanthe produces and presents on BBC Radio Sheffield. She was diagnosed as having dyspraxia at university aged 19.

It’s a disorder she says is frequently misunderstood. She now uses her voice to amplify understanding about the condition.

Alastair Low 

Alastair is a games developer based in Scotland and board member of the Scottish Game Developers Association.

He runs an indie aiming to make gaming more dyslexia-friendly, recently creating a text-based game to show the world what it’s like to be dyslexic.

How to apply

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘apply for ticket’ and follow the instructions to apply for your place: you must login or register before you are able to complete your application.

If you are no longer able to attend, we ask you to please use the “decline ticket” function on the right hand side of the page so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration.

This session is supported by the ScreenSkills Unscripted TV Skills Fund which invests in training for the unscripted workforce thanks to contributions from broadcasters, SVoDs and production companies.

This course would normally cost participants to attend, but thanks to this support, we are able to offer it to you for free. If you fail to attend, we reserve the right to request reimbursement of costs, unless your place can be taken by someone else.



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