Miami Presents: Thriving while Neurodivergent

Presented on: Thursday, February 15th at 12:00 PM EST

Winter College

View Upcoming Events View Past Event Recordings

Join us virtually for Winter College – five days of lunchtime events and beverage experiences including a Charter Day celebration. All fun and no exams mean this is the college experience of your dreams.

Miami alumna and author, Kala Allen Omeiza `16, will present, Thriving while Neurodivergent: Developing self-compassion and your interests to live a purposeful life.

In her Miami University Disability Services keynote address in 2022, Miami alumna and author, Kala Allen Omeiza `16, first introduced the concept of the Hedonic Flywheel Effect. Based on her latest book, Autistic and Black, Kala will further discuss the term and the steps needed to improve overall well-being, particularly within neurodivergent communities.  

Kala Allen Omeiza is a Pan-African neurodiversity advocate through literature, initiatives, and technology. She leads I'm Heard Inc., a nonprofit focused on eliminating the stigma of mental illness in minority communities.

Kala has worked on various research projects on autism and mental health around the world, including at Harvard Medical School and as a US Fulbright scholar in Nigeria. She is a 2016 graduate of Miami University and masters graduate of the University of Oxford. An American citizen, she lives in Oxford, England with her husband Daniel, their baby son, and their eleven plants. 

The event is free to attend, but registration is required. Questions? Contact J.J. Slager at

The views expressed by presenters are their own and their appearance in a program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. Reference to any specific product or entity does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Miami University Alumni Association.