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

Camp Description

SNP REACH stands for Stanford Neurodiversity Project - Research, Education, and Advocacy Camp for High Schoolers. It is a two-week summer camp for high school students across the U.S. to learn more about neurodiversity advocacy and the science behind neurodiversity. Together, we will:

  • Learn about the history of the neurodiversity movement
  • Hear from neurodivergent student advocates in both high school and college
  • Learn about the strengths-based model, universal design, and current research around experiences of neurodiversity
  • Create neurodiversity advocacy project ideas for your school or community
  • Build a fun and supportive community around neurodiversity

Last summer, 60 high school students were selected from over 340 applications representing students from all over California and the United States.

This is the 4th year the Stanford Neurodiversity Project (SNP) has organized two-week summer camps for high school students.  At this camp, students have a variety of opportunities from learning more about neurodiversity advocacy to the strengths-based model to universal design principles and more.

Group Projects: Students conduct group projects of their choice using the design thinking approach. Students learn from professors, researchers, clinicians, and neurodivergent student advocates. Through the design thinking process, campers then collaborate on neurodiversity advocacy projects that often continue beyond the program.

After the camp, most students continue with their neurodiversity advocacy projects in their own high school. 

Please see below for the schedule this year.

WEEK 1 Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
9:00–9:15 AM Daily Check-In Daily Check-In Daily Check-In Daily Check-In Daily Check-In
9:15–10:30 AM Camp Overview & Intro to Neurodiversity Universal Design Intersectionality: Neurodiversity & Multiple Identities  Neurodiversity Community and Culture Neurodiversity in College
10:30-10:40AM Break Break Break Break Break
10:40-11:40AM Discussion: Experiences Under the Neurodiversity Umbrella
Activitity: Universal Design
Discussion/Activity: Models of Disability Discussion/Activity: Positionality: Self-Advocacy and Allyship Discussion /Activity: Accomodations in Education
11:40AM–12:25 PM Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break
12:25–1:25 PM Design Thinking Activity Neurodiversity panel Design Thinking: Define Design Thinking: Ideate Student Group Work Time
1:25–1:35 PM Break Break Break Break Break
1:35–2:35 PM Speed Dating Activity Design Thinking: Empathize Design Thinking: Define Student Group Work Time Student Presentations
2:35–3:00 PM Wrap-Up Wrap-Up Wrap-Up Wrap-Up Wrap-Up
 
WEEK 2 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10
9:00–9:15 AM Daily Check-In Daily Check-In Daily Check-In Daily Check-In Daily Check-In
9:15–10:30 AM Employment Considerations for Neurodiverse Individuals Mental Health  Neurodiversity and Health  Neurobiology  Student Group Work Time
10:30-10:40AM Break Break Break Break Break
10:40-11:40AM Discussion: Neurodiversity and Employment Discussion: Mental Health & Neurodiversity  Activity: Idea Pitch (Template, Tips, "Mock"Pitches of Student Presentations, Q&A)  Discussion/Activity: Executive Function / Design thinking projects  Student
Presentations
11:40AM–12:25 PM Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break
12:25–1:25 PM Design Thinking: Prototype Student Group Work Time Design Thinking: Test Student Group Work Time Student 
Presentations
1:25–1:35 PM Break Break Break Break Break
1:35–2:35 PM Student Group Work Time Student Group Work Time Student Group Work Time Student Group Work Time Student Presentations
2:35–3:00 PM Wrap-Up Wrap-Up Wrap-Up Wrap-Up Wrap-Up
 

 

Below, 2021 Campers present at the Stanford Neurodiversity Summit on a children's book written and published as a part of their camp project.
Full 2021 Summit Presentation of SNP-REACH Projects
Arlo and Papa: A Tale of Neurodiversity. Available on Amazon