Improving Lives: Autism and Learning Difficulties
- 08:30 - 16:30
- Manchester Conference Centre
I’m Sarah Chapman and the proud Founder of Operation Diversity!
I left school with no qualifications after sitting in my exams sobbing with my head in my hands. I didn't know I was dyslexic then. Instead, I wrongly believed that I was stupid. I hated my life and didn't think I had what it takes to be successful. Much of my time in school was torture, spent in the corridor, on suspension, or in the isolation room with my teacher's harsh words echoing through my mind, "YOU will NEVER amount to ANYTHING!"
10 years later I dug deep and returned to education, starting from scratch, fiercely determined to make a difference in this world. I didn’t want anyone to ever feel how I did growing up, and so my mission began.
I never thought for a second that I would be able to complete a degree, but this “failure” not only gained a degree, but I gained a First-Class Honours degree. Fast forward to today and my business Operation Diversity supports nearly 7k people in our diverse community. We have a private Academy that offers support, training, strategies and some of the latest tech and resources on the market.