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Theme of 2022 Summit:
How do you contribute to the Neurodiverse Community? Education, Service, Research, and/or Advocacy

Welcome from the Director

Welcome to the Stanford Neurodiversity Project. We are holding our third virtual Stanford Neurodiversity Summit from October 23 to 25, 2022. The theme of this year's summit is "How do you contribute to the Neurodiverse Community? Education, Service, Research, and/or Advocacy." 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 at low cost ($20) to ensure accessibility. Our team is also working on a mechanism to cover registration fee for those who need financial assistance. Target date for announcement on complimentary tickets is early September 2022.

We look forward to seeing you at the summit in October.

Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD

The Stanford Neurodiversity Summit: What We Stand For

The Stanford Neurodiversity Summit is a forum for exchange of ideas about neurodiversity among all people.  It is a venue where we listen to each other, especially when our views are not the same. This active listening is not just about respect, but an act to grow together as a community.

At this forum, we will share visions, innovations, and inspirations about how neurodiversity can make our society better. Here is where neurodiverse/neurodivergent people, their family members and friends, educators, clinicians, researchers, and all other stakeholders and professionals learn from each other. Neurodiverse individuals will share their unique life and professional journeys, and some will share their significant contributions to the community. Other professionals and stakeholders will illustrate how their work enhances the lives of neurodiverse individuals.

The Stanford Neurodiversity Summit encourages respectful inquiry and invites attendees to submit questions to speakers before and during the summit. We have set up interactive sessions between speakers and attendees and will collect views of the community about what research and community-based services should be prioritized and how they can be designed better. With your contributions, our collective efforts will build a sanctuary for all who promote and safeguard neurodiversity.


Program at a Glance (All in Pacific Time)

October 23, 2022 (SUNDAY)

8:30 - 9:00 AM: Opening RemarksLloyd Minor, MD; Laura Roberts, MD, MA (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 Presentation. Lydia Brown, JD (Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network) 

10:30 - 11:15 AM: Keynote Presentation. Dena Gassner (Adelphi University) 

11:15 - 12:15 AM: Neurodiversity Career Panel. Madhavi Dalmia (Google), Drew Russert (Contrast Design Works 

12:15 AM - 1:00 PM - Musical Performance. Kevin Sun (Stanford University and University of Rochester)

1:00 - 2:00 PM: Lunch Break and Exhibitor Hour  

2:00 - 3:00 PM: Employer Panel: Patrick Poljan (Dell Technologies) + TBC 

3:00 - 4:00 PM: Mental Health Panel: Neurodiversity and Trauma. Mona Delahooke, PhD (Private Practice), Heather Brown, PhD (University of Alberta)

4:00-4:30 PM: Break

4:30 - 5:30 PM: Higher Education Panel: Self Advocacy For Diverse Students Across the Range of Postsecondary Education Institutions. Izzy Fakkel (Epsom College), Rachel Kripke-Ludwig (Open Minds), Charlie Spiegel (City College of San Francisco), Julia Wortman (Stanford)

5:30 - 6:30 PM: K-12 Panel: Young Adult Neurodivergent Voices in the Media. Lauren Melissa Ellzey, Lauren Pearson, Justin Janoson

6:30 - 7:30 PM: Keynote Human Rights Panel. Hon. Michelle Short

7:30 - 8:30 PM: Entrepreneurship Panel. Aparna Kommineni, Joshua Armenta

8:30 - 9:30 PM: Exhibitor Hour

October 24, 2022 (MONDAY)

8:30 - 9:00 AM: Welcome & Introduction of Stanford Neurodiversity at Work. Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD (Stanford University) 

9:00 - 9:45 AM: Introduction to Autistic Doctors International. Mary Doherty, MD (University College Dublin)

9:45 - 10:30 AM: Keynote Presentation. Scott Steindorff  (producer, writer)

10:30 - 11:15 AM: Experiences as a Principal Investigator Mentoring Autistic Researchers. Laurent Mottron, MD, PhD (University of Montreal) 

11:15 - 12:00 AM: Keynote Presentation. DJ Savarese (poet, activist, optimist) 

12:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Inspiration Corner. (panelists to be confirmed) 

1:00 - 2:00 PM: Lunch Break and Exhibitor Hour 

2:00 - 3:00 PM: Employer Panel: Tara May (Aspiritech), Heidi Curiel (DPR Construction), Tom D'Eri (Rising Tide Car Wash) 

3:00 - 4:00 PM: Mental Health Panel: Neurodiversity and Anxiety. Valerie Gaus, PhD (Private Practice) 

4:00-4:30 PM: Break 

4:30 - 5:30 PM: Higher Education Panel: Peer Mentorship for Diverse Students Across the Range of Postsecondary Education Institutions. Sonya Girdler (Curtin University, Australia), Paul Bondonno & Puja Uppalapati (West Valley Community College / Parents Helping Parents / SJSU students), Megan Ames (University of Victoria) 

5:30 - 6:30 PM: K-12 Panel: Strengths-Based Approaches for Parents of Neurodivergent Children. Shirley Woods-Gallagher (Newbridge Multi Academy Trust), Emily Kircher Morris (The Neurodiversity Podcast)

6:30 - 7:30 PM: Human Rights Panel. Camilla Bixler (AASCEND) + TBC 

7:30 - 8:30 PM: Entrepreneurship Panel. Dani Bowman (Danimation), Nick Lehecka (Neurodiverse Entrepreneurship Program), Louisa Rosenheck

8:30 - 9:30 PM: Exhibitor Hour

October 25, 2022 (TUESDAY) 

8:30 - 9:00 AM: Welcome. Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD (Stanford University)

9:00 - 9:45 AM: Keynote Presentation. Gyasi Burks-Abbott (Boston Children's Hospital/UMass Boston Institute for Community Inclusion)  

9:45 - 10:30 AM: Keynote Presentation. Jessica McCabe 

10:30 - 11:15 AM: Play for All Accelerator Program. Maureen Dunne (Lego Foundation and Gap2Gain Inclusion Fund)  

11:15 - 12:15 AM: Neurodiversity Career Panel. Sheerly Greenblum (Rangam), Eliana Smithstein (Charlie's Acres and Ginger), Elisabeth Wiklander (London Philharmonic Orchestra) 

12:15 AM - 1:00 PM - Inspiration Corner. Stephanie Ching (Stanford University)  

1:00 - 2:00 PM: Lunch Break and Exhibitor Hour.  

2:00 - 3:00 PM: Employer Panel: Mark Lee Cronin (John's Crazy Socks), Paperless Pierre Smith (Scan It Forward)

3:00 - 4:00 PM: Mental Health Panel: Neurodiversity, Gender Diversity, and Other Intersectionalities. (panelists to be confirmed) 

4:00-4:30 PM: Break. 

4:30 - 5:30 PM: Higher Education Panel: Changing the Culture within Education on Neurodiversity. Elizabeth Foraker (UC Davis), Andrea Hojnacki (Holyoke Community College), Brett Ranon Nachman, PhD (University of Arkansas)  

5:30 - 6:30 PM: K-12: Making the Transition from High School to College and Career. Alexander Mario Blum (Stanford University), Sara Sanders Gardner (Bellevue College/Neurodiversity Navigators), Edlyn Vallejo Peña (California Lutheran University), Tami Tidwell (University of Washington) 

6:30 - 7:30 PM: Stanford Network for K-12 Neurodiversity Education and Advocacy (NNEA) & Stanford Neurodiversity Project - Research, Education and Advocacy Camp for High Schoolers (SNP-REACH). (panelists to be confirmed) 

7:30 - 8:30 PM: Concluding session. Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, Stanford University

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

Lydia X.Z. Brown, JD, Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network

Mary Doherty, MD, University College Dublin and Autistic Doctors International

Gyasi Burks-Abbott, Boston Children's Hospital/UMass Boston Institute for Community Inclusion

Laura Roberts, MD, MA, Chair, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

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

Laurent Mottron, MD, PhD, University of Montreal

DJ Savarese

Maureen Dunne, PhD, Senior Advisor & Neurodiversity Expert, Lego Foundation/Director, Gap2Gain Inclusion Fund  

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Organizing committee members:

  • Lawrence Fung
  • Kyle McKinley
  • Mark Gavartin
  • Marci Schwartz
  • Isabella Duan
  • Isabella He
  • Jessamy Tang
 
 
 
  • Sasha Balasingam
  • Maureen Dunne
  • Elizabeth D Grady
  • Cathy Farmer
  • Cole Hasserjian
  • Erin Hart
  • Jim Hogan
  • Isabelle Hsu
  • Farzin Illich
  • Aparna Kommineni
 
 
 
  • Lisa Lavaysse
  • Johnny Mack
  • Jennifer Madigan
  • Hilary Oleon
  • Esperanza Padilla
  • Larry Rothman
  • Robin Schader
  • Callie Turk
  • Yael Valek
  • Gregory Yates