The Autism Spectrum and Neurodiversity in Higher Education: Enabling Connective Teaching and Learning

An Event of the Diversity Lunch Talk Series

Date:  Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Time:  11:30AM to 1:00PM
Location:  Campus Center 917

Session Description
How can Autism (and Neurodiversity more generally) enrich university teaching and learning in radically inclusive and inventive ways? In this interactive workshop, Dr. Anne Ciecko (Associate Professor, Communication) will share, via presentation and discussion, a unique toolbox of theory, research, mediations, and practical (interdisciplinary) applications that enable and affirm the connective possibilities of neurodiversity in higher education. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in several short facilitated and interactive exercises in perception and pattern recognition, dialogism and metacognition, autodidacticism and critical curation, and sensory (dis)integration.
Session Goals
  • Become more familiar with the Autism Spectrum and Neurodiversity in academia.
  • Explore the benefits of critical and creative interdisciplinarity and dialogism in teaching and learning.
  • Gain more complex and empathic views of intersectional identities, especially regarding invisible or less visible differences

Presenter Information: Anne Ciecko, Ph.D., is an interdisciplinary educator, researcher, writer, curator, and advocate. An Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, she is also a core faculty member in the Interdepartmental Film Studies Program and director of the interdisciplinary Graduate Film certificate. She is also the founder of Neurodiversity University, an extra-institutional initiative to promote awareness and appreciation of invisible and less visible difference in academia and beyond.

This event is part of the monthly Diversity Lunch Talks offered by The Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD) through its Diversity & Inclusive Teaching Professional Development Series.