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Marcia Brissett-Bailey

Marcia Brissett-Bailey, also known as @theblackdyslexic, was named one of the Top 50 Influential Neurodivergent Women in 2022, received the BDA Adult Award in 2022, and was recognized as one of the Top 80 Neurodiversity Evangelists in the UK for 2023 and nominated for MBCC Award 2023. She is an accomplished author and editor of the book titled "Black, Brilliant, and Dyslexic."

Marcia is not only a thought leader but has also been featured in Forbes and is an internationally renowned speaker. As a dedicated advocate for individuals with dyslexia, she serves as a champion, striving to empower fellow dyslexics and young people with neurodiverse backgrounds to cultivate self-esteem, confidence, and find their own voices. Her speaking engagements cover a range of topics including representation, personal experiences, education, and the workplace, all examined through an intersectional lens.

Co-founding the Cultural Perspective Committee within the British Dyslexia Association and serving as an observer on the BDA Executive Board, Marcia is deeply engaged in the dyslexia advocacy landscape. Furthermore, she contributes as a trustee of the Waltham Forest Dyslexia Association and holds an Advisory Board Member position at the Centre for Neurodiversity at Work. Notably, she is an active member of the co-production board for Neurodiversity in Business.

With a rich background in the education sector spanning over three decades, Marcia has worked across all levels of education, from primary to further/higher education. Her most recent role was within a London local authority, where she served as a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice, Support, and Service Officer (SENDIASS). She has also established herself as a respected consultant and currently holds the position of Further Education Partnership Lead at Diversity and Ability.