Combined celebrates neurodiversity through Umbrella Project

If you’ve been to Harplands Hospital this week, you couldn’t help but notice the amazing display of colourful umbrellas.

The Umbrella Project is part of a wider project to celebrate neurodiversity, raise awareness and challenge stigma and discrimination.

The umbrellas celebrate the unique gifts of every person and have been gifted to the Trust by the ADHD Foundation.The charity works to improve emotional wellbeing, educational attainment, behaviour and life chances through better understanding and self-management of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, Irlen’s Syndrome, dyscalculia and Tourette’s Syndrome.

In 2019, participating organisations across the UK have installed an Umbrella Art display of their own. In Merseyside, Salford, Manchester and Heathrow, London, with the support of local councils and businesses, they have joined together in a dynamic project to ensure that our cities are ‘child-friendly’ and places of opportunity for every child to be happy, healthy and achieve their potential.

The Umbrella Project 2018 captured the hearts and minds of the public world-wide, attracting over 30 million media hits and spawning copycat installations in Dubai, Argentina, Spain, Romania, Czech Republic and the USA.

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