Theme of 2021 Summit:
Your Neurodiversity Identity for You and Your Community

Welcome from the Director

Welcome to the Stanford Neurodiversity Project. We are holding our second virtual Stanford Neurodiversity Summit from November 7 to 9, 2021. The theme of this year's summit is "Your Neurodiversity Identity for You and Your Community". This virtual summit is a unique conference bringing together neurodiverse / neurodivergent individuals, employers, service agencies, educators and students, parents, and professionals from all areas of the field. 

We are planning the conference with Universal Design in mind, to maximize accessibility and inclusion; we want neurodiverse individuals to participate. Please see Summit at a Glance below to start learning about the summit. You are also invited to explore Accessibility Guidelines to learn about how our group increases accessibility of the conference.

To ensure that you can enjoy the scheduled activities in the summit, I encourage you to register today. Registration is free and open until the tickets are sold out. All sessions will be recorded and made available to the public approximately a month after the conference. We look forward to seeing you at the summit in November.

Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD


Preliminary Agenda at a Glance (All in Pacific Time)

NOVEMBER 7, 2021 (SUNDAY)

8:30 - 8:40 AM:  Opening Remarks.  Lloyd Minor, MD, Dean, School of Medicine, Stanford University

8:40 - 8:50 AM:  Opening Remarks.  Laura Roberts, MD, MA, Chair, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, Stanford University

8:45 - 9:00 AM: Introduction to Stanford Neurodiversity Summit 2021.  Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, Director, Stanford Neurodiversity Project, Stanford University

9:00 - 9:45 AM: Introduction to the Stanford Neurodiversity Project. Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, Stanford University

9:45 - 10:30 AM:  Keynote Speaker: Temple Grandin, PhD,* Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University

10:30 - 11:15 AM: Keynote Speaker: Pennsylvania State Rep. Jessica Benham* (36th District, Pennsylvania)

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM:  Neurodiversity Career Panel (High Technology). Panelists: Shawanna Rouse;* Jim Hogan,* Google

12:15 – 12:30 PM:  Inspiration Corner.  Speaker: David Egan

12:30 - 1 PM:  Lunch Break

1 - 2 PM: Neurodiversity Career Panel (Occupational Therapy). Panelists: Bill Wong, OTD,* Stanbridge University;  An Nguyen, OTD,* George Washington University;  Zipporah Brown, OTD, West Coast University; Romina Reyes,* West Coast University

2 - 3 PM:  Employer Panel 1. Panelists: Diane Delaney, IBM; Lorne Needle, Google; Stephen DeStefani, Wells Fargo

3 - 4 PM:  Mental Health Panel 1. Panelists: Finn Gratton*, Lilly Schultz*

4 - 4:30 PM:  Break

4:30 – 5:30 PM:  College Panel 1 - “Listening to the voices of people with lived experience”. Panelists: Patrick Dwyer,* UC Davis; Esperanza Padilla,* UC Berkeley; Alexander Michael Vasquez,* Sonoma State University; April Ball, Stanford University

5:30 – 6:30 PM:  K-12 Panel 1 –Neurodivergent Student Panel”. Panelists: Ryan Neale*, Cameron Aaron*, Cynthia Wen*, Martika Theis*

6:30 – 7:30 PM:  Entrepreneurship panel. Panelists: Geoff Weber, Heirloom Cloud; Travis Linderman, Innovation DuPage; Betsy Furler, For All Abilities

7:30 – 8:30 PM:  Neurodiversity Career Panel (Cybersecurity: Genius Armoury). Panelists: Raza Nowrozy, Paul Watters, TBC

NOVEMBER 8, 2021 (MONDAY)

8:30 - 9:00 AM: Neurodiversity at Work Program at Stanford.  Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, Stanford University

9:00 - 9:45 AM: Keynote Speaker: Rhonda Moore, PhD,* Program Director, Global Mental Health, National Institute of Mental Health

9:45 - 10:30 AM:  Keynote Speaker: Anand Prahlad, PhD,* Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri

10:30 - 11:15 AM: Keynote Speaker: Yong Zhao, PhD,* Foundation Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM:  Neurodiversity Career Panel (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences). Panelists: Russell Lehmann*, Hannah Ehrenberg*, TBC

12:15 – 12:30 PM:  Inspiration Corner.  Speaker: Ryan Lowry

12:30 - 1 PM:  Lunch Break

1 - 2 PM: Special Topics. Panelists: Jeff Moore*, TBC

2 - 3 PM:  Employer Panel 2. Panelists: Javier Fernandez-Alcudia, PhD, Stanford University; Rhianna Axon, Charlie Acres Farm

3 - 4 PM:  Mental Health Panel 2. Brenna Maddox, PhD, University of North Carolina; Lisa Morgan, Lisa Morgan Consulting LLC           

4 - 4:30 PM:  Break

4:30 – 5:30 PM:  College Panel 2. Kirstin Gillespie-Lynch, PhD; TBC

5:30 – 6:30 PM:  K-12 Panel 2 - “Academic Research in Neurodiversity”. Panelists: Sally Reis, PhD, University of Connecticut; Sara Renzulli, PhD*, University of Connecticut

6:30 – 8:30 PM:  Presentations by Action in Autism. Panelists: TBD

NOVEMBER 9, 2021 (TUESDAY)

8:30 - 9:00 AM: Neurodiverse Student Support Program at Stanford.  Christy Matta, Stanford University

9:00 - 9:45 AM: Keynote Speaker: Simon Baron-Cohen, PhD,* Director, Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge

9:45 - 11:15 AM:  Special Topics. Panelists: To be confirmed

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM:  Technology Panel. Panelists: To be confirmed

12:15 – 12:45 PM:  Neurodiversity 101 for the practitioners.  Speaker: To be confirmed

12:45 - 1 PM:  Lunch Break

1 - 2 PM: Neurodiversity Career Panel (Entrepreneurship). Panelists: To be confirmed

2 - 3 PM:  Employer Panel 3. Beth Schulz, Computer Aid Inc. (CAI); Eric Cusick, DPR Construction; TBC

3 - 4 PM:  Mental Health Panel 3. Panelists: Helen Rottier, University of Illinois at Chicago; Leslie Harrison, Parent; Michael Duggan, PhD, Autismerica and College of DuPage; TBC       

4 - 4:30 PM:  Break

4:30 – 5:30 PM:  College Panel 2 - Nancy Forsythe, University of Maryland, College Park; Ricardo Flores, UC Berkeley; Emiliano Ayala, California State University-San Marcos

5:30 – 6:30 PM:  K-12 Panel 2 - “Academic Research in Neurodiversity”. Panelists: Dr. Claire Hughes, College of Coastal Georgia; Juniette Kanga, Bridges Graduate School; Carrie Mitran, Private Practice

6:30 – 7:30 PM:  Network for K-12 Neurodiversity Education and Advocacy (NNEA) and Stanford Neurodiversity Project - Research, Education, and Advocacy Camp for High Schoolers (SNP-REACH). Panelists: TBC

7:30 – 8:30 PM:  Concluding Session. Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, Stanford University

 

Lloyd Minor, MD, Dean, School of Medicine, Stanford University

Temple Grandin, PhD, Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University

Jessica Benham, 

Pennsylvania State Representative (36th District)

Rhonda Moore, PhD, Proogram Director, Global Mental Health, National Institute of Mental Health

Sir Simon Baron-Cohen, PhD, Director, Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge

Laura Roberts, MD, MA, Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University

Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, Director, Stanford Neurodiversity Project

Anand Prahlad, PhD, Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Missouri

Yong Zhao, PhD, Foundation Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas

Organizing committee members:

  • Lawrence Fung
  • Christy Matta
  • Mark Gavartin
  • Ladan Mohammed
  • Kyle McKinley
  • Max Kasun
  • Marci Schwartz
  • Isabella He
  • Helen Zhu
  • Ayush Agarwal
  • Jessamy Tang
 
 
 
 
  • Callie Turk
  • Cathy Farmer
  • Chris Wiebe
  • Cindi Savelli
  • Cole Hasserjian
  • Doug Meeker
  • Greg Yates
 
 
 
 
  • Jennifer King
  • Katherine Sanders
  • Maureen Dunne
  • Moreniké Giwa Onaiwu
  • Robin Schader
  • Steffany Dignum
  • Yael Valek