Neurodiversity Unity Contest

The results are in!!

We challenged people to design a creative expression celebrating neurodiversity and unity that can be shared with the wider community at the opening of Neurodiversity Celebration Week. We were blown away by the submissions! Thank you to everyone who participated.

Our judges selected three winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place), along with 5 honorable mentions. See (and listen to) the sbmissions below. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

1st Place Winner

Empowered Autistic

By Brian Liu

Read the full transcript here.

2nd Place Winner

Problem Girl: A Play in Three Acts

By Jennifer Brooks

3rd Place Winner

By Joel Anderson

Honorable Mentions


By Oanh Le

Click here to read "Unity"

Click on the gallery below to see all the honorable mention images.


The Stanford Neurodiversity Summit is Postponed. Rescheduled date TBD


In response to the rapidly evolving events surrounding COVID-19 (also called novel coronavirus), Stanford has activated an emergency operations organization focused on coordinating the university’s response. The university is strongly encouraging university units to cancel or postpone events they are hosting between March 4 and April 15 that involve more than 150 participants. 

After consultation with various senior members of the university and internal discussion among our staff, we have concluded that postponing the Stanford Neurodiversity Summit at this time is the best course of action. All ticket holders will be invited to join us when we reschedule. Our hope is to build on the progress we have already made and to make that experience in the rescheduled summit even better. Any updates on plans for the rescheduled conference will be posted on our website and Facebook page.

All of our other programs and initiatives, including the Neurodiverse Student Support Program (NSSP) and Neurodiversity at Work (NaW) study are continuing without interruption at this point.

Thank you for your tremendous support and patience.



We are organizing our first neurodiversity-friendly conference!

The theme of this year's Stanford Neurodiversity Summit is "Scaling Up the Neurodiversity at Work Initiative". This summit is a unique conference bringing together neurodiverse/neurodivergent individuals and jobseekers, employers, service agencies, educators and students, parents, and professionals from all areas of the field. The conference will feature a job fair and reverse job fair (employers visit the job-seekers) and panels covering a variety of topics. See below for a preliminary schedule of the summit.

We are planning the conference with Universal Design in mind, to maximize accessibility and inclusion; we want neurodiverse individuals to come, be comfortable, and be able to participate. See the "What We're Doing Differently" section below for more information about accessibility and how we're including neurodiverse/neurodivergent perspectives.

Sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the Stanford Neurodiversity Project. 

Date: To Be Determined

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

There is understandable concern about this newly-circulating coronavirus, which appears to spread efficiently early in the infection course. We encourage everyone to take general preventive measures to reduce the risk of acquiring or transmitting any virus, as recommended each flu season. If you are sick, please take steps to avoid spreading any illness to others, stay home from the conference, and seek appropriate medical care.

For information about Stanford’s policies and response to COVID-19, visit Environmental Health & Safety's Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage.  Stanford is continuing to monitor the situation closely, with the health and well-being of our community firmly in mind. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

If you are sick with a cough, cold or flu like symptoms, we recommend that you stay home from the conferenceIt is our intention to provide access to the information and sessions at the Summit as widely as possible. As part of that effort, we are making arrangements to live stream, record and offer Zoom sessions We plan to send out access links to those who stay home due to illness, are waitlisted, or are otherwise unable to come.