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

Current and Upcoming Events

Dec December 16 Mon 2019

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Speaker: Siena Castellon, creator of Neurodiversity Celebration Week

Location: Stanford University School of Medicine, 1520 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, Room 117

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

Speaker: Haley Moss, Esq

Location: 1520 Page Mill Road, Room 117

Jan January 23 Thu 2020

Turquoise Neurodiversity Workshop

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

Location: Google, CL5, Mountain View, CA

Feb February 03 Mon 2020

Community Conversations on Mental Health and Well-being

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

Time: 1:30 to 2:30pm

Title: Neurodiversity is Strength: The Power of Neurodiversity at Stanford University

Location: Cardinal Hall, 505 Broadway, Redwood City, CA

Feb February 04 Tue 2020

Community Conversations on Mental Health and Well-being

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

Time: 9-10am

Title: Neurodiversity is Strength: The Power of Neurodiversity at Stanford University

Location: Paul Brest Hall West, 555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford, CA 94305

Feb February 17 Mon 2020

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Speaker: Nancy Doyle, Ph.D.

Location: 1520 Page Mill Road, Room 117

Feb February 22 Sat 2020

Family Leadership Summit, Palo Alto Unified School District

Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Mooney, Author of "Normal Sucks"

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

Location: Gunn High School, CA

Mar March 14 Sat 2020

STANFORD NEURODIVERSITY SUMMIT

Where: Li Ka Shing Center at Stanford University, 291 Campus Drive, Palo Alto, California

Registration: Conference registration is FREE! Will be open on February 1, 2020.

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

Mar March 26 - 27 Thu-Fri 2020

Roundtable on Autism-Inclusive Employment 

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

Location: École À Pas de Géant / Giant Steps School, Montreal, Ontario, Canada

Apr April 20 Mon 2020

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Speaker: Tiffany Jameson, Grit and Flow

Location: 1520 Page Mill Road, Room 117

May May 05 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

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

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)

Quick Links Featuring the Stanford Neurodiversity Project in the Media:

Oct October 17 Thu 2019