Stanford Neurodiversity Project - Research, Education, and Advocacy Camp for High Schoolers (SNP-REACH)
It was fun being able to collaborate personally with each person in the group to get to know each other and our ideas better. It was also interesting to learn about the ideas presented regarding person first vs. identity first and more.
Everyone made me feel welcomed, but in the most genuine way. I haven't felt that ever, well mostly because of my anxiety that makes me think everyone hates me. But this group, it's like my anxiety didn't even exist which is RARE. I would do today again if I could.
I really liked the opportunity to speak one on one to our group members because there was more time and less formality, so we could focus more on building a good working relationship and coming up with new ideas in our project.
The camp is well organized, and there were no complications with breakout rooms or groups. All the students are extremely nice, and the leaders make the environment very collaborative and open!
I enjoyed the lecture and discussion a lot. It was very eye-opening to view the data about preferences surrounding person-first and identity-first names. I also liked hearing about. different perspectives on neurodivergency and neurotypicality from both communities.
The Faculty presentation by Dr. Fung was instrumental to my understanding of neurodiversity on a spectrum. I enjoyed the interactive session this afternoon as well, as I have a clearer idea of our project theme.
Amazing ideas in the presentations, the amount of time for everything was perfect. I really loved Dr. Rona Hu's presentation, it was my favorite for this week.
I loved Dr. Saggar's presentation, it was a whole new branch and related to neurodiversity at the same time.
I think that the process of teaching what universal design is about and then taking the first step in being able to empathize with who we want our target audience to be really helped get the ball rolling for many projects. I also think that being able to talk to the other high school panelists was helpful because it was a discussion with people that were sort of in our own shoes in terms of learning more about neurodiversity and working to acknowledge it.
I liked how there were activities such as memory games for the student presentation sessions. I also like how there was a lot of time to work on our projects.
Today my team really worked on progressing with our project. We decided we currently were focusing on too many things but noted that is fine because quantity is better than quality during the Design stage of our project planning. We allowed everyone a chance to speak up in the group and voice their concerns and great ideas. Our camp leader did an amazing job at leading our group! We came up with our how might we statement ... "how might we create a curriculum that benefits neurodivergent students and neurotypical students so that everyone can more effectively collaborate and learn together?". We also made it a point that not everyone wants to go into a fully inclusive classroom because of the fear that the student will be lost in a normal class setting. This is why it is important for our group to address that all students reach certain proficiencies at different speeds and rates and it doesn't make sense to try and make all students get a certain score on a standardized test by a certain date. A lot of brainstorming went on!
I really liked the interactive sessions after the lunch break. When we met for 15 minute periods and then came back to the main room and then back to our breakout rooms were really beneficial and effective.