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Thought Leadership & Social Justice

The Center for Neurodiversity advances a definition of neurodiversity predicated on strengths and social justice.

The goal of the Thought Leadership subcommittee of the Center for Neurodiversity is to advance a definition of neurodiversity predicated on strengths and social justice. With members from across Landmark College, we will meet regularly to explore the neurodiversity movement and how it is changing the meaning of autism, ADHD, and LD.

Questions that guide our work:

  • What is neurodiversity and why is it important?
  • How does neurodiversity mirror biodiversity?
  • Autistic, neurodivergent, neurotypical, on the spectrum, NT: How should we talk?
  • How can strengths-based education advance social justice?
  • How can civil rights, Deaf, LGBTQIA, Black Lives Matter, and disability rights movements inform neurodiversity?

Definition of neurodiversity:

Neurodiversity is a biological fact and a social movement. It is the totality of brain-based variations across people, including those who identify as neurodivergent and neurotypical. Like biodiversity, this variation is beneficial to the species. Neurodiversity is also a social justice effort to challenge what’s considered “normal” and create greater acceptance and inclusion for all.

Members of the Thought Leadership/Social Justice subcommittee:

  • Solvegi Shmulsky (chair) Professor, Department of Liberal Studies
  • Kim Coleman, Associate Professor, Department of Natural Sciences
  • Ken Gobbo, Professor, Department of Liberal Studies
  • Jennifer Lann, Director of Library Services
  • Rebecca Matte, Associate Professor, Department of Core Education
  • Kelly O’Ryan, Dean of Students, Office of Student Affairs
  • John Russo, Dean of the School of Professional Studies and Science
  • Chris Wenz, Research Scientist, LCIRT
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