Joseph Aquilina

Joseph Aquilina

Joseph is a Neurodiversity Consultant, qualified Dyslexia Specialist and Diagnostician and Assitive Technology Tutor with over 12 years experience of working in Education. He has worked with a range of clients with varying disabilities and specialises in individuals recognised as being dyslexic, dyspraxic, ADD/ADHD, aspergers, Autistic spectrum disordersand mental health. Organisations he has worked with as a consultant include the Job Centre Plus, RAPt (Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust), University of the Arts London, University of West London, Institute of Education, London Southbank and Goldsmiths Universities.

Joseph has a Post Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Adult Dyslexia Diagnosis Support from London Southbank University, allowing him to conduct diagnostic assessments for Dyslexia and related SpLDs.  He also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Dyslexia from London Metropolitan University and a BA in Fine Art. He is a member of PATOSS(Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific learning difficulties).

Joseph has co-designed and delivered the NATELT (Needs Assessment and Training of Enabling and Learning Technologies) CPD postgraduate course at London Southbank University, specifically for the DSA sector. In 2009, he devised “Video Notes”, which uses video screen capture software for Windows PC and Apple Macs to capture training sessions for clients to recap. This idea has since been adopted by many other providers of support..

Since being diagnosed with Dyslexia in the 2nd year of his Fine Art degree, Joseph has developed effective coping strategies which he shares with the people he works with, whilst helping them develop their own. His own reflection on his personal experiences of transforming his own “neuro-blocks” to learning means he has an intuitive understanding the needs of students. His reading speed has quadrupled since learning the SuperReading technique and he is excited about passing his learning and skills to others. In 2011, Joseph was diagnosed with ADHD and has since developed his learning about the condition and how to work with people with ADD/ADHD. He qualified as a dyslexia diagnostician and has undertaken many assessments of adults. He takes any opportunity to learn more about Dyslexia, Dyspraxia ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome and is keen to promote the  Neurodiversity model rather than the deficit model of these diagnoses.

Joseph has also worked as a youth worker for Lambeth, Croydon and Southwark, working with young offenders and young people with behavioural difficulties as an arts workshop co-ordinator and facilitator. Joseph was involved with Music and Art-Therapy workshops in various primary and secondary schools with the charity Kids Company, focusing on behavioural difficulties and with HAFAD at a youth the centre in Hammersmith.

Joseph is a published poet and an established singer songwriter with his own band. Much of his writing deals with the issues surrounding Neurodiversity.