What is Neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is a concept that regards individuals with differences in brain function and behavioral traits as part of normal variation in the human population.

The movement of Neurodiversity is about uncovering the strengths of neurodiverse individuals and utilizing their talents to increase innovation and productivity of the society as a whole.

Key Objectives

  • Establish a culture that treasures the strengths of neurodiverse individual
  • Empower neurodiverse individuals to build their identity and enhance their long-term skills of daily living throughout the lifespan
  • Attract talented neurodiverse individuals to study and work at Stanford
  • Train talented neurotypical individuals to serve the neurodiverse population
  • Disseminate the Stanford Neurodiversity Model locally and nationally
  • Maximize the potential of neurodiversity

Upcoming Events

Aug August 14 Tue 2018

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Michael Bernick
Autism Aspergers Spectrum Coalition for Education Networking and Development (AASCEND; http://www.aascend.org/)

Presentation Title: "With California's Extensive Autism Employment System, Why is Autism Unemployment Higher Today than in 1990"

Location: Graduate School of Business, "Class of 1968" building, 2nd floor, Room C223

Sep September 11 Tue 2018

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Alicia Danforth, PhD

Location: Graduate School of Business, "Class of 1968" building, 2nd floor, Room C223

Oct October 09 Tue 2018

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Steve Keisman
Identifor

Location: Graduate School of Business, "Class of 1968" building, 2nd floor, Room C223

Latest News and Past Events

Jul July 17 Tue 2018

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Speaker: Susanne Bruyere, PhD
Presentation Title:
Workplace Disability Inclusion Policies and Practices: Implications for Autism at Work Initiatives

Jun June 14 Thu 2018

NSF Convergence Workshop, Nashville, TN.

Speaker: Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD
Presentation title: The Stanford Neurodiversity Project

Jun June 12 Tue 2018

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Speakers: Anlor Davin and Gregory Yates; Co-chair, Autism Aspergers Spectrum Coalition for Education Networking and Development (AASCEND; http://www.aascend.org/)
Presentation title: Mindfulness Practice for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

May May 08 Tue 2018

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Speaker: Kerry Margo
Presentation topic: College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

May May 23 Wed 2018

Bay Area Parent Mentor Night, Autism Tree Project Foundation, Stanford, CA

Speaker: Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD
Presentation title: The Stanford Neurodiversity Project

Apr April 24 Tue 2018

Research Workshop, 3rd Autism at Work Summit, Seattle, WA.

Speaker: Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD
Presentation title: The Stanford Neurodiversity Project

Mar March 01 Thu 2018

Neurodiversity Awareness Seminar at the University IT Department

Speaker: Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD
Presentation title:
Introduction to Neurodiversity - A prelude to the Neurodiversity at Work Program

Feb February 13 Tue 2018

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Speaker: Jan Johnston-Tyler; Evo Libri https://evolibri.com/
Presentation topic: Neurodiversity hiring programs

Jan January 16 Tue 2018

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Speaker: Tim Goldstein
Presentation topic: Training companies on understanding neurodiverse individuals

Dec December 12 Tue 2017

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Speaker: Paulette Penzvalto; Program Manager, Google
Presentation topic: Neurodiversity Internship Program at Google  

Nov November 14 Tue 2017

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Speaker: Cheryl Morin; SAP
Presentation topic: SAP Autism at Work High School Program