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 individuals to serve the neurodiverse population
  • Disseminate the Stanford Neurodiversity Model locally and nationally
  • Maximize the potential of neurodiversity

Upcoming and Current Events

Jan January 10 Thu 2019

Neurodiversity Awareness Seminar at the Stanford Graduate School of Business 

Speaker: Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD
Presentation title:
 Maximizing the Potential of Neurodiverse Students and Employees 

Jan January 14 Mon 2019

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Mark Jessen, SAP

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

Feb February 01 Fri 2019

Neurodiversity Awareness Seminar at the Vaden Health Center at Stanford 

Speaker: Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD
Presentation title:
 Maximizing the Potential of Neurodiverse Students at Stanford 

Feb February 11 Mon 2019

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Micaela Connery
The Kelsey

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

Mar March 11 Mon 2019

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Laurie Sperry, Ph.D.
Yale University 

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

Mar March 14 Thu 2019

Strengths of Dyslexia: Entrepreneurship & Neurodiversity Symposium

Sponsored by:
Stanford Schwab Learning Center, UCSF Dyslexia Center, Stanford Neurodiversity Project
 

Apr April 08 Mon 2019

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Yudi Bennett
Exceptional Minds

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

May May 08 Wed 2019

Neurodiversity Awareness Seminar at the Department of Pathology, Stanford University School of Medicine (Lab Management / Professionalism Series)

Speaker: Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD
Presentation title:
 Maximizing the Potential of Neurodiverse Trainees in Medicine at Stanford 

Future speakers

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Valerie Paradiz
NeuroNavigators

 

Latest News and Past Events

Dec December 18 Tue 2018

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Janet Lawson and Dan Swearingen
Autistry Studios

Nov November 17 Sat 2018

San Francisco Autism Society

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

Nov November 13 Tue 2018

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

David Nordfors
i4j

Nov November 07 Wed 2018

Accessibility Week at Google

Speaker: Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD
Presentation title:
 Maximizing the Potential of Neurodiverse Students and Employees 

Oct October 09 Tue 2018

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Speaker: Steve Keisman
Presentation title: 

Sep September 24 Mon 2018

Neurodiversity Awareness Seminar at Schwab Learning Center

Speaker: Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD
Presentation title: "How to Help Neurodiverse Students Learn Better?"

Sep September 11 Tue 2018

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Speaker: Alicia Danforth, PhD
Presentation title: "Psychotherapy in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder"

Sep September 05 Wed 2018

Neurodiversity @ Stanford UIT Pilot Kickoff Workshop

 

Aug August 15 Wed 2018

Neurodiversity Awareness Seminar at Stanford Career and Experiential Education

Speaker: Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD
Presentation title:
 Introduction to Neurodiversity: How Can We Help Our Neurodiverse Students at Stanford?

Aug August 15 Wed 2018

Neurodiversity Awareness Seminar at Employee and Labor Relations

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

Aug August 14 Tue 2018

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

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

Jul July 18 Wed 2018

Neurodiversity Awareness Seminar at the Gene Vector and Virus Core

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

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 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

May May 08 Tue 2018

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

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

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