The National Symposium on Neurodiversity has been postponed. Please check this site periodically for more updates. We are currently looking to hold it during the summer of 2013.
In 2013 (date forthcoming), Syracuse University will be hosting the second National Symposium on Neurodiversity, a conference that seeks to promote academic inquiry into the area of neurodiversity.
Neurodiversity is a concept and social movement that advocates for viewing autism as a variation of human wiring, rather than a disease. As such, neurodiversity activists reject the idea that autism should be cured, advocating instead for celebrating autistic forms of communication and self-expression, and for promoting support systems that allow autistic people to live as autistic people. While neurodiversity is known widely as a concept applied to the autistic community, individuals with other atypical forms of neurological wiring, such as ADHD, hydrocephalus, and dyslexia, to name a few, may also identify with a neurodiversity framework.
The first Symposium, which took place on Friday, August 5, 2011, kicked off with a keynote by Ari Ne’eman, Founding President of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (http://www.autisticadvocacy.org/) and the Vice Chair of Engagement on the National Council on Disability (http://www.ncd.gov/). Ari’s keynote addressed issues such as the history, current state, and future of the neurodiversity/autistic self-advocacy movement, and autistic self-advocacy in politics.
Following the keynote, local activists led panels on more specific topics related to neurodiversity, such as: autistic culture; helping parents support self-advocacy; self-empowerment through facilitated communication and other non-verbal forms of communicating; and neurodiversity in the classroom.
The 2011 Neurodiversity Symposium was sponsored by:
- The Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee
- The SU Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies
- The Syracuse University Disability Cultural Center
- The Institute on Communication and Inclusion
- The SU School of Education
- Cultural Foundations of Education, School of Education, Syracuse University
- The Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education
- The Department of Teaching and Leadership
Please check this page frequently, as we are still in the process of finalizing details for the second conference, such as the exact location and date(s).
Currently, we are looking to have this year’s event take place sometime at the end of October, 2012. Because of this, registration for this event is not yet open.