Bring Your Own Brain: April 28, 2021
Because great minds think
alike in a million different ways.
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- Additional Q&A with the panel. Our panelists provided answers to questions that we ran out of time to address during the event.
Below are links to resources mentioned during the event, including the intermission slides.
Articles, Books, and Essays
- A Long Walk Down a Winding Road by Same Farmern (book)
- Neurodiversity: Some Basic Terms & Definitions from Neurocosmopolitanism: Dr. Nick Walker’s notes on autism, neuroqueering, & self liberation (blog post)
- Opinion: The Violence of Hostile Accommodations by ChrisTiana ObeySumner (article)
- Sincerely, Your Autistic Child: What People on the Autism Spectrum Wish Their Parents Knew About Growing Up, Acceptance, and Identity (book)
- On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life by Sara Ahmed (book)
- Disability Disclosure in the Classroom by Ashley Shew (article in Inside Higher Ed)
- Becoming Visible: Masking Fallacies and Realities from Echolaliachamber (blog post)
- This #Crip Stays in the Picture: A Past Plaintiff on Opposing H.R. 620, the #ADA Notification Act by Ingrid Tischer (blog post)
- College Internship Program
- Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network
- Asperger/Autism Network (AANE)
- Disability Law Center of Virginia (DLCV)
Virginia Tech resources
- Virginia Tech Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research
- Career and Professional Development
- InclusiveVT (Office for Inclusion & Diversity)
- Accessible Technologies
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About the event
Bring Your Own Brain! is a live discussion exploring neurodiversity in the STEM workforce from the perspective of a panel of five neurodivergent individuals in various stages of their careers.
This event was held as a webinar via Zoom on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Among the topics our panel discussed include:
- Why neurodiversity should be celebrated and encouraged in STEM fields
- Barriers that highly-qualified neurodivergent individuals face during and after the hiring process
- How workplaces have changed with respect to neurodiversity, and what still needs to be addressed
- What steps educators and employers can take to create a more inclusive, accessible, supportive environment for all employees
Live captioning and sign language interpreters was provided.
Sponsors and Partners
Thank you to the following partners for making this event possible.
- Division of Information Technology
- Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research
- The Disability Alliance at VT and Disability Caucus
- Virginia Tech Human Resources Talent Development
- Virginia Tech College of Science
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