Join William & Mary and representatives of the W&M Neurodiversity Initiative for an afternoon of conversation with the program's Scholar in Residence and best-selling author John Elder Robison as he discusses neurodiversity as both a philosophy and an emerging civil rights movement.
But what is “neurodiversity?” Acknowledging and appreciating the wide range of human neurologies, including Autism and ADHD, for example, while also acknowledging and appreciating the challenges of brain difference, is key to neurodiversity. William & Mary is on the cutting edge of this important work, and we hope you'll join us to learn more about what we do and more importantly, why we're doing it.
Coffee & tea service provided. Families and guests are welcome!
This event is generously hosted by Neurodiversity Working Group Member Lynn Cannon '01.
About The Neurodiversity Initiative
The Neurodiversity Initiative at the College of William & Mary is an innovative program that is raising awareness on our campus of the vast array of brain differences, and cultivating an appreciation of the many kinds of talents we can nurture at our historic institution. It seeks both to serve our campus community and to be a model for other campuses with regard to how to engage this issue and support these students.
John Elder Robison is Scholar in Residence, and co-teaches annually a course on Neurodiversity. He is Co-Chair of the Neurodiversity Working Group, and regularly meets with groups and departments on campus about Neurodiversity. His appointment at the College is supported with help from the Arnow Family Fund, college offices including the Office of the Provost and the Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Olitsky Family Foundation.
John is the New York Times best-selling author of Look Me in the Eye, Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian, and Raising Cubby. He is an autistic self-advocate and an appointed member of national and international scientific and science policy-making bodies, including the federal government’s Interagency Coordinating Committee on Autism, the World Health Organization, and the International Society for Autism Research.