April 2012 - Launch
The William & Mary Neurodiversity Working Group was excited to host NY Times bestselling author, John Elder Robison, for the Group’s April 2012 launch. April, Autism Awareness month, was an excellent time for Mr. Robison, noted self-described Aspergian author and speaker, to visit the College. While here, he met with smaller groups of students, faculty and staff, the culmination of his visit being a community address that packed Andrews Hall beyond capacity!
October 2012 - Garret Westlake, Arizona State Polytech and Stemforce Technologies
Garret Westlake met with faculty, staff and students to talk about how we can expand our services for students, and how we can connect students’ academic experience to service and to employment opportunities.
Garret Westlake's lecture: Disability as a Catalyst.
February 6, 2013 - Dr. David Black, Stixrud Associates and NIH
Dr. Black met with the Neurodiversity Working Group for a brainstorming session about programs and support for autistic students, and gave a lecture, “Navigating College and Beyond with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.” The lecture was well attended by faculty and students, many of whom expressed interested in joining the Neurodiversity Working Group.
February 11, 2013
University Teaching Project on Neurodiversity participants Josh Burk, Cheryl Dickter, Karin Wulf, and Janice Zeman presented material on “Neurodiversity: Creating an Inclusive Classroom” to a lunch crowd of 30 faculty. Individual departments have expressed interest in a version of this presentation for a department meeting. See the “Resources” section for postings about this and other material for interested faculty.
“The Art of Small Talk,” a workshop “focused on developing conversation skills that can get you through any occasion” was held at the Counseling Center. For upcoming workshops contact Patrick Hudgins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 8 - "I Am W&M" week
The week of April 8 is “I am W&M” week, in celebration of campus diversity. The Neurodiversity Initiative will co-sponsor events during this week. Stay tuned!
April 8 - Lydia Brown, Disability Rights Activist, Georgetown University Student
Politicizing Disability and the Crisis of Disabled Oppression
Monday, April 8 at 7pm
Commonwealth Auditorium, Sadler Center, College of William and Mary
Co-Sponsored by the Neurodiversity Working Group and the Student Assembly
Lydia Brown, a disability rights activist and student at Georgetown University, will speak on the history of the disability rights movement and the emergence of the neurodiversity movement. She will also discuss the current realities of erasure, oppression, and silencing. Q&A will follow the talk.