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Supporting Neurodivergent Students

November 27, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Learn about common forms of neurodiversity, the obstacles that neurodiverse students might encounter in academia, and teaching strategies to overcome those obstacles in this two-part workshop. In part one, participants will learn key basics about neurodiversity, on topics including conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism, and ADHD, common obstacles faced by neurodivergent students and strategies and resources for supporting neurodivergent students. In part two, participants will brainstorm, refine and detail an individualized and actionable teaching approach to create more inclusive learning experiences for all students based on strengths-based learning and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe what neurodiversity is and its common forms and experiences
  • Recognize ways that neurodivergent students may experience difficulties with typical teaching methods
  • Explain the difference between the medical and social models of disability
  • Brainstorm new methods for creating inclusive and accessible classes for neurodivergent students


Bailey Szustak, University of Illinois Chicago
Helen Rottier, University of Illinois Chicago



November 27, 2023
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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