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PremierLeague-News.Com - School was a tough time for J Grange. Now, with the diagnosis and support he needed, he is thriving, and helping others to find their path
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. He credits the Prince’s Trust in their commitment to helping everyone, no matter what age, race, religion or circumstance. “They’ve been so supportive of myself and others,” he said. “[With ADHD] there is constant stereotyping and being degraded - the view of “You’ve got ADHD you’re not going to amount to anything”. "Too many times you see ADHD or Autism and people think they’re below. It’s a superpower. It’s a great thing to have.” 30 per cent of business owners are neurodiverse. The road to seeing his neurodiversity as a superpower hasn’t always been easy, and reaching out for support has been crucial in J thriving.
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"Throughout a couple of schools I went to, teachers would tell me I wasn’t going to amount to anything, and one said I’d end up in prison," he added. According to ADHD action, 30 per cent of adult prisoners are estimated to have the condition, while only 3-4 per cent of adults are believed to have the condition - many of whom are undiagnosed. For J, the crucial piece in beginning to correct the pattern of misunderstanding and negative school experiences those with ADHD experience is better understanding around the condition. “It all starts with training, things have got to change,” added J. "I’ve got a meeting with Vicky Ford (Minister for Children). It needs to be a collaborative effort between government and schools. “There needs to be neurodiverse role models going into schools and talking to the students. “We need a more tailored curriculum. Me being a musician - instead of writing an essay about Shakespeare, I could write a rap instead. A Youtube video about Maths. We’re in the 21st century and things are changing whether you like it or not. It’s too outdated. “Most parents would prefer their kids to be healthy and happy in school rather than get good grades. There’s too much of a focus on exams and grades.”
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