Sara-Louise Ackrill is a Harley Street Therapist and coach as well as the Founder and CEO of Wired Differently, a social impact company that creates products and services for neurodivergent people. Diagnosed with autism as an adult, in addition to her ADHD, Sara-Louise is all too familiar with the challenges facing neurodivergent individuals as a neurodivergent person herself. On a mission to educate organisations on how to be more inclusive, she excels as a speaker drawing on her personal experience as a neurodivergent, in addition to her expertise as a former disability and employment specialist, recruiter and hiring manager.
After graduating from the University of Exeter with a degree in Politics, Sara-Louise spent the next 16 years working in various luxury hospitality organisations. Since leaving the hospitality industry, Sara-Louise went on to volunteer for several organisations such as Crisis at Christmas, Gloucestershire Rape Crisis, and Devon Rape Crisis, beginning her retraining as a therapist and coach in 2008. Sara has worked in private practice ever since, joining a Harley Street consultancy as a freelance therapist in June 2022.
Sara has previously spoken for major organisations including Kings College, The University of East London, GEN-UK, Criteo and the International Association of Facilitators as well as being a regular on neurodiversity-focused podcasts.
“Your talk today was very informative and so helpful. I will modify many things that I do as a facilitator thanks to the new understanding that I gained.”
“It was honestly great to hear you speak yesterday… hearing your take on the topic of neurodiversity along with your own experiences was powerful.”
“Totally blown away by Sara’s keynote speech. She was warmly invited to our Equality, Diversity Inclusion Away Day 2022 at the University of East London. Her speech describing her lived experience of being wired differently was just so inspiring and honest. This is the start of our association with Wired Differently – look forward to having Sara back to speak to our students at our Career Zones in the next academic year.”