Awareness and Education

New Initiative!
Network For K-12 Neurodiversity Education and Advocacy (NNEA)

The Network for K-12 Neurodiversity Education and Advocacy (NNEA) seeks to foster a community for K-12 students, parents, and educators interested in neurodiversity to share and discover unique advocacy efforts, stories, and experiences.

Monthly NNEA meetings will feature students, parents, and/or educators from diverse backgrounds who want to speak about and discuss their experiences with neurodiversity and/or advocacy efforts and contribute to the larger network of neurodiversity education and advocacy across the globe. 

If you are interested in being added to our mailing list to receive information about our monthly meetings, please fill out this interest form.

Past and Future Speakers

November 19, 2020: Siena CastellonNeurodiversity Celebration Week & Quantum Leap Mentoring

January 14, 2021: Helen Zhu — The Harker School & Isabella He — SN Inclusion, Mission San Jose High School

February 11, 2021: Aaryan Shah — Unitopia, Irvington High School & Alexandra Koch and Ananya Madduri — Phillips Academy Andover

March 18, 2021: Dr. Tom KeatingCognitopia

May 13, 2021: Rossie Stone — Dekko Comics

Classes at Stanford

PSYC 229 - Topics in Neurodiversity: Introduction and Advocacy

Neurodiversity is a concept that regards individuals with differences in brain function and behavioral traits as part of normal variation in the human population. The movement of Neurodiversity is about uncovering the strengths of neurodiverse individuals and utilizing their talents to increase innovation and productivity of the society as a whole. This year long course over three quarters will provide students with the foundation, knowledge and essential skills for understanding, engaging with and advocating for the neurodiverse population. In addition, this course will also cover topics including social communication strategies, navigating social relationships, self-regulation, asking for accommodations and support in career development.


  • PSYC 229A | 1 units | Class # 30988 | Section 01 | Grading: Medical Satisfactory/No Credit | SEM | Students enrolled: 8
    09/23/2019 - 12/06/2019 Mon 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM at 320-109 with Fung, L. (PI); Sperry, L. (PI)
  • PSYC 229B | 1 units | Class # 31463 | Section 01 | Grading: Medical Satisfactory/No Credit | SEM
    01/06/2020 - 03/13/2020 Mon 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM with Fung, L. (PI); Sperry, L. (PI)
  • PSYC 229C | 1 units | Class # 31614 | Section 01 | Grading: Medical Satisfactory/No Credit | SEM
    03/30/2020 - 06/03/2020 Mon 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM with Fung, L. (PI); Sperry, L. (PI)

PSYC 223B - Topics in Neurodiversity: Design Thinking Approaches

The course provides essential background about neurodiversity, the design thinking process and the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to guide students in developing projects that maximize the potential of neurodiversity. Through case studies, field trips, guest speakers, and community engagement, students will explore approaches to maximizing inclusivity in realms such as education, employment, community and beyond. Students will use their knowledge to design and develop (or revising and enhance) processes, systems, experiences and/or products to maximize inclusivity and the potential of neurodiverse individuals. Based on student's interests and areas of focus, projects may include digital tool development such as app concept and design, redesign of standard processes such as job interviews/ candidate evaluations, design and development of physical products or spaces such as sensory-sensitive dorm rooms, "stim tools" and more. This course will meet for two hours on Wednesdays for all students; students taking this course for 4 units will also attend "lab hours" on Mondays to support with project development. This course is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all schools.

2019-2020 Winter

  • PSYC 223B | 2-4 units | Class # 32101 | Section 01  
    01/06/2020 - 03/13/2020 Mon 9:30 AM - 11:20 AM  with Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD (PI)