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Congratulations Admitted Students!

The Stanford Neurodiversity Project offers a free, comprehensive Neurodiverse Student Support Program (NSSP). Incoming freshmen have the opportunity to move in early through our Neurodiversity Transition Orientation. Visit the Student Support page for more information. 

Interested in our program? Fill out the interest form below and a member of our team will contact you with more information.

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, nationally, and internationally
  • Maximize the potential of neurodiversity

Our First Newsletter Is Here!

Featured Story:

Perpetually in Character: Diagnosed with Autism at Age 19, Isabelle Morris Shares Her Story

Click the link below to read about our current initiatives, programs news, and the featured story.

Newsletter PDF

Quick Links Featuring the Stanford Neurodiversity Project in the Media:

Jan January 11 Sat 2020

Oct October 17 Thu 2019

Current and Upcoming Events

Apr April 06 Mon 2020

Special Seminar, Stanford Neurodiversity Project

Title: Life Interrupted: Managing Stress and Anxiety during a Global Pandemic

Speaker: Janie Hong, Ph.D.

Location: Zoom ONLY

Recorded session

Apr April 20 Mon 2020

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Title: Fighting For Our Different Brains

Speaker: Hackie Reitman, M.D., Different Brains

Location: Zoom ONLY

Recorded Session

Apr April 30 Thu 2020

India Autism Center Webinars

Title: Dealing with Stress and Anxiety during the Pandemic

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

Recorded Session

May May 16 Sat 2020

21st Century Dads

SFN Zoom Conference - For Dads raising children with special needs

Visit here for more information and registration.

May May 18 Mon 2020

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Title: Neurodiversity Housing

Speaker: Ashley Kim, Elevare Community

Slides

Location: Zoom ONLY

May May 21 Thu 2020

The Matthew Foundation COVID-19 Virtual Series in collaboration with the Stanford Down Syndrome Research Center

Title: COVID-19'S Impact on Present and Future Services and Plicy for the Down Syndrome and I/DD Community.

Time: 1pm PST 

Speakers: Nicole Jorwic and Jordan Lindsey

Register at: https://tinyurl.com/y8p2xdjt 

 THE MATTHEW FOUNDATION

COVID-19 VIRTUAL SERIES

in collaboration with the Stanford Down Syndrome Research Center

 Nicole Jorwic, Sr. Director, Public Policy, The Arc (National)

Jun June 15 Mon 2020

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Speakers:

Peter DeHaas, San Francisco Disability Business Alliance 

Lawrence Fung, Stanford Neurodiversity Project

Location: 1520 Page Mill Road, Room 117

Jun June 16 - 30 Tue-Tue 2020

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology AVirtual Conference 2020 

Speakers:  

Valentina Bruk-Lee, Ph.D., Florida International University; Susanne Bruyere, Ph.D., Cornell University; Nancy Doyle, Ph.D., City University of London;  Lawrence Fung, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University; Eric Patten, Ph.D., St. Joseph's University

Title: Diamond in the rough?  Neurodiversity inclusion in practice.

Jul July 20 Mon 2020

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Speaker: Tiffany Jameson, Grit and Flow

Location: 1520 Page Mill Road, Room 117

Aug August 07 Fri 2020

University College Dublin ACAP COVID-19 Summer School Webinar Series

Title: Neurodiversity and the Impact of COVID-19

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

Aug August 17 Mon 2020

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Speaker: Maisie Soetantyo, M. Ed., Relationship Development Intervention (R) Certified Consultant

Location: 1520 Page Mill Road, Room 117

Aug August 29 Sat 2020

Friends of Children with Special Needs (FCSN)

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

Location: 1029 S Bascom Ave, San Jose, CA 95128

Sep September 21 Mon 2020

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Speakers: Lauren Rettagliata and Mark Rettagliata  

Location: 1520 Page Mill Road, Room 117

Oct October 06 Tue 2020

Psychiatry Grand Rounds, University of California at San Francisco

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

Location: UCSF Parnasus Campus, San Francisco, CA

Oct October 19 Mon 2020

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Speaker: Sara Rankin, Ph.D., Imperial College, London, UK 

Location: 1520 Page Mill Road, Room 117

Nov November 16 Mon 2020

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Speaker: Emily Rothman, PhD, Boston University; Jamil Karriem, Hiki 

Location: 1520 Page Mill Road, Room 117

Dec December 21 Mon 2020

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Speaker: Jenara Nerenberg, author of Divergent Mind

Location: 1520 Page Mill Road, Room 117

Jan January 25 Mon 2021

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Marcelle Ciampi and David Hall of NeuroGuides

Location: 1520 Page Mill Road, Room 117

Past Events

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)