Please also visit our Neurodiversity at Work page to learn more about the Stanford Neurodiverse Candidate Reigistry.

Employers, please visit our Neurodiversity at Work page to learn more about our program and the Stanford Neurodiversity Job Bank.

About the Stanford Neurodiversity Project

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.

Our 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 work with the neurodiverse population
  • Disseminate the Stanford Neurodiversity Model locally, nationally, and internationally
  • Maximize the potential of neurodiversity

Program News and Events

Current and Upcoming Events

Jan January 16 Mon 2023

Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

"Bringing the Neurodiverse Community Together Through Research"

Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, Stanford University

Recording

Link to Interest Form for Job Coach Training Working Group

Feb February 01 Wed 2023

Community Engagement Meeting (Part 1) - 4pm PST

Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, Stanford University

Recording

Agenda:

  • Rationale of the project "Training Service Providers to Improve Employment Outcomes of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities"
  • Approach
  • Introduction to TSPAA and TSPAIDD

Feb February 08 Wed 2023

Canadian Bar Association of British Columbia

"Neurodiversity in the Practice of Law"

Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, Stanford University

Feb February 08 Wed 2023

Community Engagement Meeting (Part 2) - 4pm PST

Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, Stanford University

Zoom meeting link

Agenda:

  • Community discussions on employment support for individuals with I/DD

Feb February 15 Wed 2023

Community Engagement Meeting (Part 3) - 4pm PST

Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, Stanford University

Zoom meeting link

Agenda:

  • Community discussions on job coaching for individuals with I/DD

Feb February 20 Mon 2023

Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Marcia Eckerd Ph.D.

Feb February 22 Wed 2023

Community Engagement Meeting (Part 4) - 4pm PST

Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, Stanford University

Zoom meeting link

Agenda:

  • Plans going forward in working group

Feb February 23 Thu 2023

National Park Service

"Neurodiversity in the Workplace"

Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, Stanford University

Mar March 01 Wed 2023

Stanford Child Mental Health Projects for Ukraine

"Neurodiversity in the Workplace"

Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, Stanford University

Apr April 20 Thu 2023

Neurodiversity Research Initiative (NRI) Invited Lectureship, Kent State University

“The Stanford Neurodiversity Project – a Multi-faceted Approach to Advance Neurodiversity Advocacy and Research in Academic Psychiatry"

Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, Stanford University

Jul July 03 Mon 2023

Mensa Foundation’s Colloquium

Baltimore, Maryland

“The Talent and Potential of Neurodiversity"

Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, Stanford University

Program News

January 2023

California Department of Developmental Services awarded Dr. Lawrence Fung and his team on a new project to develop and assess a curriculum designed to train job coaches to support regional center consumers with intellectual / developmental disabilities.

March 25 2021

Stanford Neurodiversity Project and DPR Construction signed an agreement to start a pilot Neurodiversity at Work Program at DPR Construction.

Dec 9 2020

Stanford Neurodiversity Project and Google signed an agreement to start a pilot Neurodiversity at Work Program at Google Cloud.

Openings

Camp Leaders

Stanford Neurodiversity Project - Research, Education, and Advocacy Camp for High Schoolers (SNP-REACH)

Click HERE to apply. Deadline: February 25, 2023

(posted January 9, 2023)

Neurodiversity Publications

Aug August 2022

Neurodiversity: An Invisible Strength?

Fung, L.K., Ulrich, T.L., Fujimoto, K.T., Taheri, M.  

JOM 74, 3200–3202 (2022).

https://doi.org/10.1007/s11837-022-05454-2 

Apr April 2022

A Scoping Review of Peer Mentoring Programs for Autistic College Students.

Isabelle F. Morris, Christy Matta, Lawrence K. Fung

Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

https://doi.org/10.1007/s40489-022-00325-7 

Jan January 2022

Nov November 04 Thu 2021

Quick Links Featuring the Stanford Neurodiversity Project in the Media:

Stanford Alumni Weekend: Classes without Quizzes, October 20, 2022

Past Events (including recordings of presentations in past Special Interest Group meetings)