Visible is a project launched by Nansa in 2023, resulting in Norfolk’s first Neurodiversity Festival, held at The Forum in Norwich.

The purpose of Visible is to promote the inclusion, advocacy, participation, accessibility, and awareness of individuals who may feel excluded, marginalised, or unsupported because of social, behavioural, and/or developmental differences.

Visible attempts to do this, quite simply, by initiating (and encouraging) ongoing conversations amongst those who might champion a more inclusive society, and by amplifying the voices of people with lived experience of neurodivergence.

Together, we can influence change countywide.

Together we can listen, and we can learn.

Together we can be heard, and we can be VISIBLE!

The term ‘neurodivergent’ can be used to describe a person whose brain functions differently than that of a ‘neurotypical’ person. Those who are neurodivergent will often have strengths, and challenges that differ from those of the majority.

Neurodivergence is defined by fundamental brain differences, and it is frequently attributed to diverse and varied diagnoses, including but not limited to, Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, and OCD.

Neurodivergent individuals can feel excluded, marginalised, or unsupported because of their social, behavioural, and/or developmental differences, but it is crucially important to recognise that this may not always be the case.

Like fingerprints, no two brains are the same, and our families, towns, schools, and workplaces are all subject to neurodiversity, in that they are made up of individuals who are neurodivergent, as well as those who are neurotypical.

On August 30th to 31st 2024, Visible returns to The Forum in Norwich for our second Neurodiversity Festival, and this year our gallery will become the VIP Area, where we will showcase the life experiences of our VIPs.

VIP stands for Visible Inclusion Partner, and it is the name we have given to the individuals invited to share their lived experience of neurodivergence at this year’s Visible Festival. 

The VIPs will come from all walks of life, and they will have a wide and varied range of experiences to share. Their stories will help us illustrate the breadth of the spectrum that is neurodiversity and offer visitors a relatable insight into what it means to be neurodivergent.

Our VIPs do not need to attend the actual event, unless they wish to, as their stories will be captured prior to the festival itself. To be a VIP, you will need to be comfortable enough to share your experiences with us, which in turn will then be shared at the festival via video, audio, photo, and print. By featuring real life experiences, real voices, real faces, it is our hope that the stories featured in the VIP Area will promote conversation and awareness around neurodivergence. However, we can change names, pixelate/conceal your image, and alter your voice in audio if you would prefer to tell your story with anonymity.

After an overwhelming response from so many individuals in Norfolk, we have now selected the VIPs and we will be revealing this fantastic group of people very soon…

Visible Voices are a collection of video presentations/talks that have taken place at the Visible Festival itself. Check them out by visiting (and subscribing to) our ‘Visible Voices’ channel on YouTube: