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

NEW COURSE: 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.

2018-2019 Spring

  • PSYC 223B | 2-4 units | Class # 34265 | Section 01  
    04/01/2019 - 06/05/2019 Mon 9:30 AM - 11:20 AM at 200-013 with Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD (PI); Nicole Ofiesh, PhD (SI); Mary Hurlbut, MA  

Upcoming and Current Events

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

Apr April 10 Wed 2019

VII Annual International Conference “Autism: Challenges and Solutions”, Moscow, Russia 

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

Apr April 23 Tue 2019

Autism at Work Awareness Day

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

Presentation Title: Maximizing the Potential of Neurodiversity In The Workplace

Location: SAP Successfactors, 1 Tower Pl, South San Francisco

Apr April 25 Thu 2019

Meetup Presentation | Neurodiversity In The Workplace

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

Presentation Title: Neurodiversity In The Workplace: What Does It Mean

Location: LinkedIn HQ, 1000 W Maude Ave, Sunnyvale, CA, 94085 | Engage Conference room

Apr April 27 Sat 2019

Marin Autism Collaborative Annual Meeting 

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

Apr April 30 Tue 2019

Neurodiversity at Work Roundtable, United Nations

Location: United Nations Secretariat, New York, NY 10017 USA

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 

May May 13 Mon 2019

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Ronan McGovern, AIB

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

Jun June 10 Mon 2019

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Valerie Paradiz, Ph.D.
NeuroNavigators

Jun June 20 Thu 2019

National Alliance on Mental Illness,Contra Costa County

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

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

Location: John Muir Hospital, Concord Campus, 2540 East Street, Concord

 

Aug August 12 Mon 2019

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Hala Annabi, Ph.D.

University of Washington

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

Future speakers

Meetings of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Joseph Strayhorn, MD

 

Past Events

Mar March 16 Sat 2019

Autism Aspergers Spectrum Coalition for Education, Networking and Development 

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

Mar March 14 Thu 2019

Strengths of Dyslexia: Entrepreneurship & Neurodiversity Symposium

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

Mar March 11 Mon 2019

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Laurie Sperry, Ph.D.
Yale University 

"Asset Focused EmployABILITY"

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

Mar March 04 Mon 2019

Workshop on "Asking for Accommodations in the Workplace: Jobs and Internships" 

Sponsor: BEAM, Stanford Career Education

Location: 2nd Floor Conference Room , Stanford University, 563 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford, CA 94305, USA.

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 

Register at: https://stanford.joinhandshake.com/events/279872

Mar March 03 Sun 2019

Santa Clara County Psychological Association - Workshop on "Working With Autism Spectrum Disorders in Teens & Adults" 

Speaker: Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD

Location: Gronowski Clinic Room C 15A, 5150 El Camino Real, Los Altos, CA.

Time: 12:30 - 4:45pm (Registration at Noon)

Presentation title: Stanford Neurodiversity Project: A positive psychology approach

Feb February 22 Fri 2019

Neurodiversity Awareness Seminar at the San Andreas Regional Center 

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

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

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 

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

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 

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