Neurodiversity Celebration Week

Published: 10 March 2021

Programme of events planned to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions about neurodivergence

The University’s Neurodiversity Network, which supports and recognises neurodivergent staff and students, are planning a series of events to mark Neurodiversity Celebration Week this week (March 15-21).         

The network aims to challenge the stereotypes and misconceptions about neurodivergence by recognising and celebrating the many strengths, talents, and advantages of being neurodivergent.

Dr Chiara Horlin, Lecturer in the School of Psychology and co-creator of the Neurodiversity Network, said: “We want to flip the narrative so that Higher Education Institutions and their communities recognise and celebrate the many strengths of their neurodivergent students and staff. There are events open to open to both staff and students, and I’d encourage anyone to join us at any of the events during this week to help create a more inclusive, supportive, and understanding Higher Education environment.”

Prof Frank Coton, Vice Principal and University Disability Champion, said: “We want our University to stand out as one that embraces diversity and gains strength from the wealth of perspectives and experiences within our community.  This programme provides staff and students a rich opportunity to see life through different lenses and understand diverse perspectives on common issues.  I strongly encourage our community to engage positively with this initiative.”

The celebrations will be a mixture of live and recorded events and the Network would love for as many people as possible to be involved/represented.

Neurodiversity Celebration Week full programme

Monday 15 March

We will hold a Staff-focused panel discussion about being neurodivergent and working in HEI. Both staff and students welcome.

"Things I wish my employer knew..."

Tuesday 16 March

An Online Neurodivergent Edition of the Drag 101 Show regularly held at the Gilchrist Postgraduate Club to celebrate the talent and creativity of the neurodivergent community.

Wednesday 17 March

A student-focused (undergraduate and postgraduate) panel discussion about being neurodivergent and studying in HEI. The focus of this discussion will primarily be to share resources and information to support each other. Both staff and students welcome.

"Things I wish I knew before I started..."

Throughout the week...

Pre-recorded "Conversations with..." members of the community sharing insight and experiences

First published: 10 March 2021