CreativeMornings Ottawa September 2020: Spectrum, with Tara Connolly and Christine Jenkins

Creativity is all about facing down the unknown – surveying the jumble of experiences we experience on a daily basis for previously unexplored pathways to problem-solving, entertainment and enlightenment.

There is much to be learned, then, from embracing the full spectrum of ways to do, act and think. By examining (and championing) the diverse realities from which others view the world, we not only make ourselves more creative – we make the world a better place.

In September 2020 CreativeMornings Ottawa will use the lens of neurodiversity, including both neurodivergent and neurotypial thinkers, to look at the way the energy of creativity can be leveraged to increase accessibility, connection and capacity in our community.

Tara Connolly and Christine Jenkins, each of whom have personal experiences with neurodiverse thinking, will explore with the audience how neurodiverse people crack open unseen spaces to tackle creative challenges and see the previously unseen.

The talk is designed, in part, to be a challenge to neurotypical thinkers to push out of their comfort zones to embrace other ways of thinking. How can we examine the unwritten social rules that exist around us and to begin a creative engagement with neurodiverse friendly spaces and interactions?


Tara (she/her), M.A., RP, is a Transitions Specialist with over 20 years experience consulting on the use of inclusive practices to support accessibility in a variety of settings. Currently an Assistant Director with the READ Initiative (Research Education Accessibility Design) at Carleton University, Tara is involved with a number of projects that seek to improve accessibility in workplace settings.


Christine (she/her) is a very late-diagnosed autistic woman from Ottawa. She has written extensively and presented often in the decade since her assessment at age 48.

The event will take place online on Friday, September 25, 2020 with tickets going on sale here on September 18 at 11 a.m.

The Ottawa talk is part of a global CreativeMornings series on the theme of “spectrum”.

“As individuals committed to artfully living, we can paint refreshing possibilities that are not just for ourselves but also for others,” reads the September 2020 theme note from CreativeMornings.

“Assemble your tools: Listen, look within, embrace the weird, and take the prism and flip it on its head — you’ll likely find a breathtaking blend of opportunities to make a difference.”