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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

Oct October 18 Mon 2021

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Janette Dinishak, PhD, University of California at Santa Cruz

Oct October 24 Sun 2021

OctoberFest Carnival

at New Community Church (1100 Middle Ave, Menlo Park) 

Oct October 29 Fri 2021

Office of Faculty Development, Diversity and Engagement, Stanford University

"Neurodiversity as a Competitive Advantage at Stanford" 

Lawrence Fung, M.D., Ph.D.

Nov November 05 Fri 2021

UC Davis Neurodiversity Summit

The summit, co-sponsored by the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain (CMB) and the UC Davis MIND Institute, will feature presentations, a panel discussion, and a moderated debate focused on neurodiversity as it relates to nonspeaking autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities. Panelists and presenters include neurodivergent people, parents, and researchers, with some participants representing more than one of these perspectives.

Click the link to register.

Nov November 16 Tue 2021

STANFORD INCLUSIVE DESIGN WEEK

PANEL: Disability, Design, and AI

The implementation of AI systems for services such as healthcare, housing, employment, and mobility is increasing in prevalence in society. However, these systems have the potential to discriminate against persons with disabilities if not designed well. This panel, consisting of Sachin Pavithran, Lydia X.Z Brown, and Karen Nakamura will discuss the ways in which AI can dehumanize persons with disabilities and what can be done about it from the perspective of US policy, community activism, and disabilities studies.

Register Here (Open to all):

Eventbrite Registration for Disability, Design, and AI Panel

Dec December 20 Mon 2021

Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Neurodiversity

Allison Burgess, LMFT

Jan January 07 Fri 2022

Academic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry webinar series, University College Dublin, Ireland

Lawrence Fung, M.D., Ph.D.

Program News

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.

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Past Events