B4C & PDC Changemaker, Shawn Smith, to Headline with Temple Grandin

February 8, 2017 | by: Heather Boyd-Kinnie

The Pond-Deshpande Centre congratulates B4C & PDC ChangeMaker, Shawn Smith, a New Brunswick Neurodiversity Expert, in being invited to share the stage with Temple Grandin at the Trailblazing 2017 conference on September 30, 2017.  Shawn Smith is CEO of Don’t-Dis-My-Ability which provides counseling and consulting services.


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February 8th, 2017

New Brunswick Neurodiversity Expert Lands Speaking Gig at Significant American Conference

Fredericton, NB — Local entrepreneur has been invited to share the stage with world-renowned autism spokesperson Temple Grandin, and former editor in chief of Entrepreneur Magazine, Amy Cosper at the Trailblazing 2017 conference in Fort Lauderdale Florida on September 30th, 2017.

Shawn Smith, founder of ‘Don’t dis-my-ability’, a New Brunswick consulting firm has quickly emerged as a North American thought leader that focuses on the emerging field of Neurodiversity. He has been asked to share the stage with one of the world’s most famous and influential advocates for autism and animal science, Temple Grandin at the Trailblazing Conference in Florida on September 30th, 2017.

Not only will Smith be able to inspire audiences with his personal journey living with ADHD, he will also be on a figurative and literal stage that could scale his consultancy globally.

Smith sees this as an opportunity to share some of the best practices that are being born out of New Brunswick practitioners.

Having a chance to share the stage with the likes of Temple is not only going to help launch my practice to an international market, it’s also going to allow me to share the stories of innovation happening in this field right here in New Brunswick.

With a focus on helping entrepreneurs with a disability, Don’t dis-my-ability has helped business owners and job seekers connect in meaningful ways, building a culture of diversity and inclusion in the New Brunswick work force.

Shawn’s invite to share his story as a New Brunswick champion of mental health on this international stage is a win for all of New Brunswick. This conference marks the beginning of an international launch campaign that Shawn is leading to bring more awareness to disabilities in the workforce, and to support entrepreneurs in Canada and the Unites States who are building their businesses despite perceived disabilities.

For more information, and to arrange an interview, please contact:

Shawn Smith

Don’t dis-my-ability

506 238 0271




About Shawn Smith

Shawn’s story is unique in that he was diagnosed with ADHD Inattentive Type at age 30. Prior to his diagnosis, Shawn struggled at every level of the public education system. It took Shawn 4 years to complete 3 years of high school, 32 attempts to earn the 18 credits required to graduate including failing grade 10 math 4 times.

Since being diagnosed and taking prescribed medication at age 30, Shawn has experienced a tremendous amount of self-growth in a relatively short period of time and has a unique understanding of his thought process.

In 2010, Shawn was accepted to the Master of Education in Counselling Psychology program at the University of New Brunswick on Academic Probation and graduated in 2011 at the top of his class.

Shawn is a self-advocate, entrepreneur, innovator, counsellor and psychotherapist specializing in the emerging field of Neurodiversity. Shawn’s work is being recognized internationally and he has been sought after to consult in various industries ranging from non-profit to the world of animation.

About Temple Grandin

Mary Temple Grandin (born August 29, 1947) is an American professor of animal science at Colorado State University, world-renowned autism spokesperson and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. She is widely celebrated as one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to publicly share insights from her personal experience of autism. She is also the inventor of the “hug box“, a device to calm those on the autism spectrum. In the 2010 Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, she was named in the “Heroes” category.[2] She was the subject of the award-winning, semi-biographical film, Temple Grandin.


About Trailblazing 2017

Trailblazing is a one-day global conference in South Florida, USA, held at the newly renovated Broward Center for the Performing Arts on September 30, 2017. This conference unites top corporations actively recruiting adults with developmental disabilities, enterprising micro-businesses, self-employed individuals, angel investors, corporate-based accessibility teams, assistive technology developers and disability jobs portal agencies to discuss the global employment crisis facing millions of people with developmental disabilities. Our pioneering conference in 2016 was recently mentioned by Forbes contributor Michael Bernick in his insightful article, ‘Where is Autism Employment Headed in 2017?’





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