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

Quick Links Featuring the Stanford Neurodiversity Project in the Media:

Oct October 17 Thu 2019

New Courses:

PSYC 229 - Topics in Neurodiversity:
Introduction and Advocacy

This year long course over three quarters will provide students with the foundation, knowledge and essential skills for understanding, engaging with and advocating for the neurodiverse population. In addition, this course will also cover topics including social communication strategies, navigating social relationships, self-regulation, asking for accommodations and support in career development.

2019-2020 

  • PSYC 229A | 1 units | Class # 30988 | Section 01 | Grading: Medical Satisfactory/No Credit | SEM | Students enrolled: 8
    09/23/2019 - 12/06/2019 Mon 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM at 320-109 with Fung, L. (PI); Sperry, L. (PI)
  • PSYC 229B | 1 units | Class # 31463 | Section 01 | Grading: Medical Satisfactory/No Credit | SEM
    01/06/2020 - 03/13/2020 Mon 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM with Fung, L. (PI); Sperry, L. (PI)
  • PSYC 229C | 1 units | Class # 31614 | Section 01 | Grading: Medical Satisfactory/No Credit | SEM
    03/30/2020 - 06/03/2020 Mon 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM with Fung, L. (PI); Sperry, L. (PI)

PSYC 223B - Topics in Neurodiversity:
Design Thinking Approaches

The course provides essential background about neurodiversity, the design thinking process and the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to guide students in developing projects that maximize the potential of neurodiversity. Through case studies, field trips, guest speakers, and community engagement, students will explore approaches to maximizing inclusivity in realms such as education, employment, community and beyond. Students will use their knowledge to design and develop (or revising and enhance) processes, systems, experiences and/or products to maximize inclusivity and the potential of neurodiverse individuals. Based on student's interests and areas of focus, projects may include digital tool development such as app concept and design, redesign of standard processes such as job interviews/ candidate evaluations, design and development of physical products or spaces such as sensory-sensitive dorm rooms, "stim tools" and more. This course will meet for two hours on Wednesdays for all students; students taking this course for 4 units will also attend "lab hours" on Mondays to support with project development. This course is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all schools.

2019-2020 Winter

  • PSYC 223B | 2-4 units | Class # 32101 | Section 01  
    01/06/2020 - 03/13/2020  Mon, Wed 9:30 AM - 11:20 AM with Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD (PI)

Current and Upcoming Events

Sep September 09 Mon 2019

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Joseph Strayhorn, M.D.

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

Oct October 12 Sat 2019

Autism at Work Summit

Speaker:  Lawrence Fung, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University

Presentation: "Mental Health at the Workplace"

Location: The EI Center of Excellence, Jupiter, Florida

Oct October 10 Thu 2019

Deej and Q&A with DJ

Location: Haymarket Theater, Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA

Time: 6:30pm

RSVP at https://deej-palo-alto-community.eventbrite.com

Oct October 14 Mon 2019

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Tasha Oswald, Ph.D. (Open Doors Therapy)

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

Oct October 17 Thu 2019

Autism in High Tech Summit

Speaker:  Lawrence Fung, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University

Presentation: The Strengths-Based Model of Neurodiversity and the Stanford Neurodiversity Project

Location: Google, TC6, 11th Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA

RSVP for non-Googlers:   https://cutt.ly/2019autismsummit

Nov November 01 Fri 2019

Autism Tree Project Foundation Annual Neuroscience Conference

Speaker:  Lawrence Fung, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University

Presentation: "Neurodiversity is Strength: The Power of Neurodiversity in School and at Work"

Location: Sanford Consrtium of Regenerative Medicine, La Jolla, CA

Nov November 06 Wed 2019

Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Stanford University

Speakers:  Lawrence Fung, M.D., Ph.D., Alison Morantz, J.D., Ph.D., Nicole Ofiesh, Ph.D., Stanford University

Location: 401 Quarry Road, Stanford, CA

Nov November 11 Mon 2019

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Anthony Pacilio, JP Morgan Chase

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

Nov November 16 Sat 2019

San Francisco Autism Society

Speaker:  Lawrence Fung, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University

Location: Li Ka Shing Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Dec December 16 Mon 2019

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Siena Castellon, creator of Neurodiversity Celebration Week

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

Jan January 10 - 12 Fri-Sun 2020

Second International Conference on Autism

Lawrence Fung, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University

Location: Kolkata, India

Jan January 20 Mon 2020

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Haley Moss, Esq

Location: 1520 Page Mill Road, Room 117

Feb February 17 Mon 2020

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Nancy Doyle, Ph.D.

Location: 1520 Page Mill Road, Room 117

Mar March 16 Mon 2020

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Marcelle Ciampi and David Hall of NeuroGuides

Location: 1520 Page Mill Road, Room 117

May May 05 Tue 2020

Psychiatry Grand Rounds, University of California at San Francisco

Speakers:  Lawrence Fung, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University

Location: UCSF Parnasus Campus, San Francisco, CA

Past Events