Meet Patricia Falcetta OAM
Neurodiversity Advocate, Trainer and Facilitator | Keynote Speaker | Founder and Director of Social Living Solutions | Creator of the Family Joy Model
Patricia’s passionate advocacy for the neurodivergent community began with the diagnosis of a loved one. A decade ago, there was no NDIS, school support programs, or keynote speakers teaching an understanding of neurodiversity. So, Patricia took it upon herself.
As her loved one moved through their life, Patricia engaged in professional and personal development to better support and coach them to engage successfully in the neurotypical education system. As she did, she realised there was a massive gap in support for others in similar situations, and Social Living Solutions was born.
During her time as Founder and Director of Social Living Solutions coaching neurodivergent teens, Patricia herself was diagnosed with ADHD. A diagnosis that finally made sense of her lived experience and allowed her to empathise to a new level with those she was supporting. However, as the teens she worked with, and her loved one, began leaving school and entering the workforce she decided enough was enough. No more helping neurodivergent people ‘fit in’ to a neurotypical world.
When we push people to conform to spaces and systems that disadvantage them, we lose the potential of who they could become. We lose the diverse perspectives they bring, and workplaces and society are all the poorer for it. And so Patricia began her campaign of education.
Through her work as a speaker, and as a workplace trainer and facilitator, Patricia hopes to help the world realise how much richer we are for diversity and how simple accommodations can significantly improve accessibility for neurodivergent members of our society. She passionately believes that now, in this post-lockdown world, is the time to harness new technologies and understandings into an accessible world that recognises the value of its neurodivergent members.
The importance and impact of her work is being recognised, most recently as a recipient of the Order of Australia award for service worthy of particular recognition.
“When we support and embrace neurodivergent team members, whole teams thrive.”
Patricia Falcetta is a co-host of the Nurturing Neurodiversity Podcast and has been recognised for her work supporting the neurodivergent community with the following honours:
- Patricia holds an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her tireless advocacy and community work regarding our neurodivergent population.
- Finalist in the ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards (2019 and 2022)
- Awarded recognition for Iconic Women Creating a Better World For All by the Women’s Economic Forum (2020)
- Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing (The Langley Group Institute)
- Certificate IV in Education Support (Canberra Institute of Technology)
- Associate Diploma of Business (Hospitality – Canberra Institute of Technology)
- Accredited MSCEIT (Mayer Salovey Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test) Practitioner
- Masterclasses on Diagnosis of Autistic Children and Adolescents (Attwood and Garnett); Emotional Management of Children and Teens with ASD & Intervention for Children and Adolescents with Autism (Attwood and Garnett Events); Addictive Behaviours in Adolescents and Adults with ASD; Emotion Management for Children and Teens with ASD.
- “Towards a Better Life”- Social Role Valorisation Theory Training
- Current Youth Mental Health First Aid Certificate
- Graduate Diploma in Counselling (University of Canberra) – ongoing