Awareness and Education

Stanford Neurodiversity Project
Research, Education, and Advocacy Camp for High Schoolers (SNP REACH)

SNP REACH

is a free two-week immersive summer experience for high school students to learn more about neurodiversity from interdisciplinary perspectives. This is our second year holding the camp. Last year's camp participants went on to create neurodiversity clubs, advisory boards, and planned Neurodiversity Celebration Week events at their schools. During the program, students:

  1. Learn about the history of the neurodiversity movement and neurodiversity-related advocacy

  2. Talk with neurodiverse/neurodivergent students, advocates, employees, and researchers about their experiences

  3. Discuss the neuroscience and listen to personal narratives behind different experiences under the neurodiversity umbrella 

  4. Learn about principles like the strengths-based model and universal design

  5. Develop capstone projects related to neurodiversity advocacy in your school or community

**Because of the nation-wide changes in response to COVID-19, this year’s camp will be held online via Zoom. We are working to make this camp as engaging and accessible as possible, and are excited to continue offering an educational space to high school students this summer.**

Info:

Cost: Free!

Dates: Monday, July 20 - Friday, July 31 (M-F, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. PDT)

Who Can Participate: Rising high school freshmen through seniors. Since this year's camp will be held virtually, students from anywhere in the US can participate; please note, all times are in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

Application and Acceptance: Applications open April 1, and acceptances will be sent out on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply is May 1 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Applications can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/apply-SNP-REACH

Questions? Check out our FAQ page or send us an email stanfordneurodiversityproject@stanford.edu

Designing Inclusive Dorm Communities

Students in PSYC 223B created this video as a final project (2019).

In "Designing Inclusive Dorm Communities," two neurodiverse students share their experiences living in dorms. The video also discusses the principles of universal design, and how they can be applied to dorm communities. This video is an excellent video for dorm staff who would like to learn more about how to support and include their neurodiverse residents.

 

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.

2019-2020 

  • 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)

Neurodiversity Awareness and Education Resources

Education Resources

Do you want to learn more about neurodiversity?

Please contact us to schedule for a Neurodiversity Awareness Seminar.

Does your organization need an in-depth training workshop on neurodiversity?

Please contact us to schedule for a Neurodiversity Workshop.