About

Ina Ciel is a creative hub bringing together neurodivergent talents to research and develop ideas and design products with lived experience that directly supports their community’s lives and addresses the challenges of those not specifically and well-served by technology.

It is also building an ecosystem of academics, service providers, charities, and tech partners in a collaborative innovation network that ensures the fullest participation of the user community, supports the development of a marketplace and startups and allows for open research and development accelerate development – to benefit those who need it most.


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 and require new career and life pathways that adjust to their differences now.

Many problems autistic and other adults face in life could be improved with accessible 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.

Parents, carers and families lack cohesive and centralised views of the services and agencies available to them, as well as information on rights, benefits and other support available.

Social carers, healthcare professionals and employers working with autistic and other people lack the necessary specific training or understanding of conditions like autism. An All Party-Parliamentary Group on Autism study found that only 22% of autistic adults felt their GPs had a good understanding of autism.

Tech businesses in the field lack access to a network that brings the community’s lived experience and research to the forefront, connects up a range of service providers, funders, charities, academics and other tech businesses, opens up collaborative approaches to R&D and promotes a marketplace for viable innovation.


Benefits

People benefit from a neurodiversity-led working environment that plays to their strengths so they can apply their cognitive difference in creative ways to solve existing problems. It will improve their wellbeing and sense of fulfilment.

Neurodivergent consumers, their parents, carers, and families will gain aids to help them in their lives on practical and other levels.

Education, care and health professionals, employers and others working with them will be more effective in supporting people with a deeper knowledge and expertise.

Tech businesses have viable means to deliver products to target specific needs and achieve impact and sustainable growth.


Who

Marc Goblot, neurodivergent and the father and advocate of an autistic 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 creative hub and its ecosystem.


Where

The project is based in London and extending its ecosystem across the UK and globally over time. The possibilities of networks to enable connected and remote working adds to the flexibility and scale of options.


Future

We hope to foster several aspirational outcomes:

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

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

Represent the community to tech businesses so lived experience and co-production is embedded in technology.

Showcase and support tech businesses to build specific products for neurodiversity and learning disabilities.


Contact

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