13 – 14 March 2023
EICC Edinburgh UK

It Takes All Kinds Of Minds (ITAKOM for short) is an international conference entirely focused on the far-reaching concept of neurodiversity.

The meeting will draw together personal, practitioner and academic experience. Our goal is to present not only the latest knowledge, but also visions for the future of embracing neurodiversity. We believe that bringing together different perspectives can help us to better understand neurodiversity and create a neurodiversity affirmative world.

ITAKOM will leave no mind behind.

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Why attend

This event is for anyone who believes in a society that embraces the differences between people. These differences are apparent in diagnoses like autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, Down syndrome, fragile x syndrome, Tourette syndrome and many others.

It Takes All Kinds of Minds is not just the conference name, but also the conference ethos. Over 50 speakers will include neuroscientists and nutritionists; campaigners, clinicians, comedians; actors, artists and activists to name just a few. All of them will be providing insights into how to better understand our differences, capture the richness of neurodiversity, and provide effective support where it is needed.

Whether you are already familiar with the concept of neurodiversity, or the idea is quite new to you, you will find something for you at this conference!

Salvesen Mindroom, together with #neurodivergent young people and their parents, created a series of short films to show you exactly what it means to have a different kind of mind.

Let’s meet 11-year-old Estella, who wants you to know more about #ADHD.

Have I mentioned #ITAKOM lately?

The call for abstracts is open:

You can submit research that:
✅explores diversity in neurology: cells, networks, functions
✅identifies differences & commonalities
✅is inspired by the neurodiversity paradigm


Salvesen Mindroom/ITAKOM founder, Sophie Dow, was published in @ThirdForceNews earlier this month.

Her piece on why research is so crucial to supporting #neurodivergent young people is available at the link below.

Photo: @JessShurte

Meet Rosie, Kirsty and Alison, attending the EICC’s Beautiful Brain event in March to celebrate the launch of #ITAKOM. The three delegates are “hugely passionate about the work of Salvesen Mindroom."

Early bird tickets for ITAKOM are available from -

“The concept of #neurodiversity has made a huge difference to people with #neurodevelopmental conditions. It originates from the community, not the clinic or from science. And of course, the concept empowers #neurodivergent people and gives them a voice.” — Lotta Borg Skoglund

We are on the hunt for your innovative and novel approaches to understanding #neurodiversity. We want to hear about your #research-led knowledge whether that’s practitioner-led or #neurodivergent-led.

Learn more about our call for abstracts -

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