Sarah Chapman, Founder and CEO, Operation Diversity
“The heart and soul of Operation Diversity is to ensure that Neurodivergent children, teenagers and adults whose brains are ‘wired differently’ are not disadvantaged or disempowered.”
I am Sarah Chapman, and the Founder and CEO of Operation Diversity, an organisation supporting families throughout the UK. I recently moved up to the North East in Sep with my husband Chris, eldest daughter Teagan (9), my son Alex (5) and youngest mini-me, Emily-Jane (2). I am also expecting (final) baby, number 4, next month! We are very much a Neurodivergent family with good mixed profiles of Autism, ADHD, dyslexia, Irlen Syndrome (otherwise known as Visual Stress), APD (Auditory Processing difficulties), possibly ARFID and lots of sensory processing challenges thrown in for good measure.
I launched Operation Diversity whilst I was completing my first degree at the University of Derby in Education Studies with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), where I graduated with a high First Class hons, after turning my life around. Funnily enough, I caught the study bug big time, learnt to love education and as a result, I have passionately researched, done multiple courses and training in SEND, education and SEN Law since! I have also delivered talks, written and published articles, appeared in a BBC TV series, in magazines and local and national radio, scooping up several awards which I am very proud of. Everything I learn and all that I am, I use to support our members. I am passionate about all things SEND and advocacy and pride myself on being able to help parents, carers, guardians to identify and then advocate for their children’s needs to be met, in education and at home. I also love supporting neurodivergent teens and adults, alongside their educators and employers. I am all about helping people to build their knowledge and strategy toolboxes to the brim!!
I originally returned to education as a mature student aged 26 when I was pregnant with my eldest, after being failed badly as a child and again as a teenager by the system the first time around. I am now 35, Operation Diversity is going from strength to strength and we are growing and developing our range of services to support you all day by day, Inc of through the ‘Operation Diversity Academy’ which I launched in May 2017 This membership site makes me want to literally BURST with pride! I have brought to life what is an amazing lifeline to so many families and every day, we change their lives for the better. There is lots more to come too!… My background means that my work is very personal, to me. I genuinely care about you and your families and strive to prevent others having to experience the same I did growing up with my needs unidentified or met. I am soon to start my MA law conversion postgraduate degree so that I can complete my LPC to become a lawyer. This will mean I will be able to help Operation Diversity Academy members, even more than I do now! I know that my earlier experiences make me a force to be reckoned with and I will be sharing my passion and knowledge with you all each and every day!
Sarah Chapman x
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