The National Symposium on Neurodiversity has been indefinitely postponed. However, we are keeping this site open to share resources and keep the dialogue active.
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