About

Ina Ciel is a neurodiversity innovation hub. It offers digital experience research and design with a virtual studio platform to facilitate collaboration with neurodivergent and other entrepreneurs:

  • Supportive creative experience
  • Ideas development
  • Safe virtual spaces and collaboration
  • Technology design

It advises other organisations with neurodiversity-led:

  • User and market research
  • Digital experience advisory
  • Universal and inclusive digital design
  • Testing

It is connecting up an emerging ecosystem of academics, service providers, charities, and tech partners in an innovation network.


Why

According to the National Autistic Society, only 16% of autistic adults have full-time employment. With increased rates of diagnosis in children, the identified numbers and their needs in the adult autistic population will only rise.

They require alternatives to employment with independent working that support greater autonomy.

Many problems autistic and other neurodivergent adults face in life could be improved with universally or inclusive digital technology tailored for their needs in life like managing services, communication, anxiety issues and social isolation.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Autism found that 71% of adults did not get the support they needed despite ten years of the Autism Act mandating adult autistic services at local and national levels. Only 22% of autistic adults felt their GPs had a good understanding of autism.

The best way to create more inclusive technology is from lived experience and by making digital and technology more inclusive as an industry.

The lack of a higher profile in this field makes it challenging to bring solutions to market and reach buyers and consumers who need it most.We aim to help raise this profile through our network.


Benefits

Neurodivergent entrepreneurs and freelancers will flourish in safe inclusive spaces that play to their strengths in creative ways to solve existing problems. They can gain more autonomy from independent working roles and businesses than from traditional employment.

Neurodivergent consumers, their parents, carers, and families will use more purpose-built tech to help them in their lives on practical and other levels.

Education, care and health professionals, employers and others will be more effective with access to specialist knowledge and digital solutions.

Tech startups will access lived experience to inform their digital product design and expand their audience and create better experiences.

A network that brings the community’s lived experience and research to connect up a range of service providers, funders, charities, academics and tech businesses with collaborative R&D will promote a viable marketplace.


Who

Marc Goblot, neurodivergent and the father and advocate of an autistic, ADHD and learning disabled daughter, combines his lengthy career in digital technology within creative agencies and tech consultancies with involvement in autism and disability causes to help found the innovation hub and its ecosystem.


Where

The project is based in London and virtually, so extending its ecosystem across the UK and globally.


Future

We hope to foster several aspirational outcomes:

Enable neurodivergent people to have agency and create their digital businesses.

A consumer market for inclusive and accessible digital apps and products that specifically benefit neurodivergents and the learning disabled.

Community co-production with digital businesses so lived experience and co-production are embedded throughout.

Showcase and support tech businesses to build universally-designed technology.


Contact

Get in touch via https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcgoblot/