Neurodiversity Matters: Challenging Practices In Social Services and Education - Registration

About this event

What is neurodiversity and why does it matter? This talk presents findings from a research project about how people are using the idea and language of neurodiversity. The team interviewed 60 people who talked about neurodiversity in terms of their own identities, their work as service providers and educators, and/or their family relationships. People shared their hopes and fears about changing the way we value people in our society. Interviewees identified an urgent need to reframe identities and diagnoses (including autism, ADHD, learning disability, and others) as part of the human experience rather than pathologies to be “fixed”, and they shared the strategies and communities that can result from this shift. This talk will focus on research findings that relate to educational spaces, in particular, and include some of the suggestions that participants offered on how we can re-think our everyday practices to include more people and invite new ideas.

The presentation will include time for discussion and questions.

Friday, November 5th, 2021 

1:00pm EDT 

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Speaker: 

Dr. Margaret F. (Meg) Gibson is an assistant professor in Social Work and Social Development Studies at Renison University College, affiliated with the University of Waterloo, Canada. She is the principal investigator of the Neurodiversity Matters Project (https://uwaterloo.ca/scholar/m23gibso/neurodiversity-matters) . Meg's research and teaching focus on critical disability studies, queer and trans studies, social work, feminist research methods, and the history of social services. She is honoured to be able to work with so many committed and insightful people who have brilliant ideas about neurodiversity. Meg believes that research can change how we understand each other, and what we see as possible.

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