PROGRAM AT A GLANCE (All in Pacific Time)

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October 23, 2022 (SUNDAY)

8:30 - 9:00 AM: Opening RemarksLloyd Minor, MDLaura 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: “Demythifying Masking: Reframing Pathology to Identify Underlying Factors.” Dena Gassner (Towson University) 

11:15 - 12:15 AM: Neurodiversity Career Panel. Madhavi Dalmia (Google), Drew Russert (Contrast DesignWorks, Louis Chesney (RethinkCare) 

12:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Concurrent session at Designated Zoom Meeting Room): Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strategies for Teachers (Separate sign-up needed due to limited capacity of 100) 


12:15 AM - 1:00 PM - Piano Recital: We Sing for the Future. Kevin Lee Sun (Eastman School of Music)

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

2:00 - 3:00 PM: Employer Panel: Patrick Poljan (Dell Technologies), Bettina Thompson (Amazon), Jessica Mendiola (Workday) 

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 Garcia-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: Neurodiverse Individuals in the Courtroom. Hon. Michelle Short and Daniel Pickar, PhD

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

8:30 - 9:30 PM: Exhibitor Hour

October 24, 2022 (MONDAY)

8:15 - 8:30 AM: Welcome. Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD (Stanford University) 

8:30 - 9:00 AM: Keynote Presentation. "Supporting a Lifetime of Inclusion." Nancy Bargmann (Department of Developmental Services, State of California)

9:00 - 9:45 AM: Keynote Presentation: “Autistic Doctors International: Changing Healthcare from the Inside. Mary Doherty, MD (University College Dublin)

9:45 - 10:30 AM: Keynote Presentation: “Processing Feelings with Autism.” Scott Steindorff  (Film producer, Autistic board member of Arc Foundation)

10:30 - 11:15 AM: Keynote Presentation: “Collaborating with Autistic Scientists, the Montreal Group Experience. Laurent Mottron, MD, PhD (University of Montreal) 

11:15 - 12:00 AM: Keynote Presentation: “Neurocosmopolitan Kin and The Lives-in-Progress Collective.” DJ Savarese (poet, activist, optimist) 

12:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Neurodiversity and Music. "This is who I am - 25 years of advocacy through music in the Neurodiverse Community and beyond". John Libera (Berkshire Hills Music Academy) 

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

1:00 - 2:00 PM (Concurrent Session at Designated Zoom Meeting Room): Neurodiversity at Work Listening Session (Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank)

  • Moderator: Stephen DeStefani (Wells Fargo)
  • Panelists: Hiren Shukla (EY), Tarena Shanaberger (Microsoft), and Michael Fieldhouse (DXC)

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. Promoting Human Rights by Overcoming Communication Barriers. Camilla Bixler (AASCEND) and Marlo Goldstein (University of Missouri)

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

8:30 - 9:30 PM: Exhibitor Hour

October 25, 2022 (TUESDAY) 

8:30 - 9:00 AM: Welcome and Introduction to SNP-REACH and NNEA. Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD (Stanford University), Sasha Balasingam (NNEA), and Isabelle Hsu (NNEA)

9:00 - 9:45 AM: Keynote Presentation: “An Examined Life: Autism Research, Disability Policy, & Me.” Gyasi Burks-Abbott (Boston Children's Hospital/UMass Boston Institute for Community Inclusion)  

9:45 - 10:30 AM: Keynote Presentation: “How to ADHD. Jessica McCabe 

10:30 - 11:15 AM: Keynote Presentation: “Investing in Neurodiversity to Build a More Inclusive Future. Maureen Dunne, PhD (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. Mark Stokes, PhD (Deakin University), Zhara Astra (Arizona State University)

4:00-4:30 PM: Break. 

4:30 - 5:30 PM: Higher Education Panel: Changing the Culture within Education on Neurodiversity. Beth 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 - 7:45 PM: Stanford Network for K-12 Neurodiversity Education and Advocacy (NNEA) & Stanford Neurodiversity Project - Research, Education and Advocacy Camp for High Schoolers (SNP-REACH). Isabelle Hsu, Sasha Balasingam, and selected SNP REACH 2022 campers 

Group 1, Group 2, Group 3

7:45 - 8:45 PM: Concluding session. Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, Stanford University

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

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

Dena Gassner, Adelphi University

Daniel Pickar, PhD, Child Psychologist in Private Practice

Scott Steindorff, Producing film about autism, Autistic board member of Arc Foundation

DJ Savarese, 2022-2023 Iowa Arts Fellow, The Lives-in-Progress Collective

Jessica McCabe, How To ADHD

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

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

Hon. Michelle Short, Los Angeles Superior Court Justice

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

Laurent Mottron, MD, PhD, University of Montreal

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

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

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