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Neurodiversity Cultural Responsiveness: Improving Communication and Understanding

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Participants in this 90-minute interactive workshop will have the opportunity to share experiences, ask questions, and learn to better understand and communicate with neurodivergent people. We will identify current practices you are already using and answer questions you have coming into the workshop, as well as those that arise throughout. We will explore neurodiversity as a culture, including communication tools for interacting in a culturally responsive manner. Participants will be better able to recognize and respond to communication patterns and needs of neurodivergent people and will learn methods to incorporate common accommodations into classroom settings to provide improved support for all. Attendees will come away with tools to apply these learnings in their daily work. Resources for future learning will be shared as well. Staff, administrators, and faculty will benefit from attending.


  • Sara Sanders Gardner

    Sara Sanders Gardner is the openly autistic designer and director of Bellevue College's nationally recognized Neurodiversity Navigators program, established in 2011. Sara leads a team of staff, faculty, and peer mentors, designs curriculum, teaches First Year Seminar and a first quarter Survey Course to cohort students, and works to support disability inclusion and accessibility across campus. Until 2017, they served a dual role as an Access Specialist for neurodivergent students while directing the then Autism Spectrum Navigators program. As the founder of Autistic at Work LLC, Sara also provides consultation and training for Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services, and other entities. Their work in the disability field began in 2001, when as a newly diagnosed autistic, they served as a parent advocate for Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings, provided parenting classes, “Helping the Behaviorally Challenging Child” at United Cerebral Palsy and the City of Irvine, and was president of a 600-family autism support group in Orange County, CA. Sara’s pronouns are they/them.

September 28, 2023
Thu 12:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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