Awareness and Education

New Initiative!
Network For K-12 Neurodiversity Education and Advocacy (NNEA)

The Network for K-12 Neurodiversity Education and Advocacy (NNEA) seeks to foster a community for K-12 students, parents, and educators interested in neurodiversity to share and discover unique advocacy efforts, stories, and experiences.

Monthly NNEA meetings will feature students, parents, and/or educators from diverse backgrounds who want to speak about and discuss their experiences with neurodiversity and/or advocacy efforts and contribute to the larger network of neurodiversity education and advocacy across the globe. 

If you are interested in being added to our mailing list to receive information about our monthly meetings, please fill out this interest form.

Our next NNEA meeting will be on Thursday, January 14, 2021, from 4-5pm PST via Zoom. Our speakers are two high school students, Helen Zhu and Isabella He, both of whom have started neurodiversity initiatives at their schools and communities. Please find their bio and the meeting logistics below.

Starting in January of 2021, our meetings will be held on the 2nd Thursday of every month, featuring a variety of students predominantly, as well as some young professionals, educators, and/or parents. If you are interested in speaking about your experiences with neurodiversity advocacy or programs/clubs, please fill out this form to provide us with some details of your topic.

If you have any questions, please email


Speaker Bios

Helen Zhu is a senior at The Harker School in San Jose, CA, and serves as the chair of NNEA. After attending the inaugural SNP neurodiversity summer program for high school students, she founded the Neurodiversity Committee at her school, leading a team of students to spread awareness for neurodiversity and working alongside faculty and administrators. This past summer, she served on the teaching and organizing committee of SNP Research, Education, and Advocacy Camp for High School Students (SNP REACH), a two-week immersive summer experience for high school students to learn more about neurodiversity from interdisciplinary perspectives, which culminated in various student projects that are being brought back to their respective schools. Outside of her advocacy efforts, she is a research intern in the Fung Lab, a passionate volunteer for individuals with autism, the managing editor of her school’s yearbook, and an avid musician.

Isabella He is a high school junior at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, CA, and serves as a member of the NNEA Core Committee. She is the founder of SN Inclusion, a nonprofit organization that provides vocational training (career-technical education) to neurodiverse individuals to support them in the workforce. She is also the co-founder of AUesome, a social enterprise that gives free at-home therapy kits to children with autism to provide support during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Isabella is a dedicated volunteer and program coordinator at Friends of Children with Special Needs (FCSN). She started the first FCSN club at her high school and has since led 10+ other schools to start their own FCSN clubs.

Classes at Stanford

PSYC 229 - Topics in Neurodiversity: Introduction and Advocacy

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. 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.


  • 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 9:30 AM - 11:20 AM  with Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD (PI)