The Neurodiversity in IT Program seeks to increase access and diversity in IT recruiting for individuals who identify as neurodiverse, while also increasing awareness and understanding about neurodiversity in the workplace. 

Our program establishes a framework for the larger Stanford Neurodiversity Project to scale broadly and hopefully expand to be one of the Stanford-wide talent recruitment programs.

This program is part of Stanford IDEAL IT, which provides innovative approaches for increasing diversity, inclusion, equity, and access across Stanford IT.

Neurodiversity as a Concept and a Movement

Neurodiversity is a concept that regards individuals with differences in brain function and behavioral traits as part of normal variation in the human population.

The movement of neurodiversity is about uncovering the strengths of neurodiverse individuals and utilizing their talents to increase innovation and productivity of the society as a whole.

Recent News

Conversations with Extraordinary Leaders in Neurodiversity

Extraordinary Leaders in Neurodiversity Inspire Change in the Workplace

Four extraordinary leaders passionate about changing the employment landscape for our neurodiverse friends and colleagues shared their insights and experiences.

Neurodiversity in IT Program Starts the Fiscal Year Inspired by New Leadership, Partnerships, and Plans for Growth

Michael Fox, CIO for LBRE, joins the Neurodiversity in IT Program as co-sponsor.

UIT's Jennifer Brooks Earns Award in Stanford Neurodiversity Unity Contest

Jennifer Brooks, IT quality assurance analyst in UIT, and an amateur playwright, won second place in the Stanford Neurodiversity Project's unity contest for her play titled, “Problem Girl: A Play in Three Acts.”

Upcoming Events

  • November 16, 2021
     

    Neurodiversity Awareness Brown Bag Session

    Zoom (details in registration)

    Sign up for a 90-minute "brown bag" educational session to learn about neurodiversity in the workplace, and the Neurodiversity in IT Program and earn a BeWell Berry!

Education and Awareness

Our educational programming aims to equip staff with the mindset, knowledge, and support they need to achieve an inclusive and thriving workplace where neurotypical and neurodiverse staff alike feel that they belong. The following resources will help expand your knowledge and understanding of neurodiversity.

Staff Brown Bags

Our 90-minute "brown bag" educational sessions spread awareness about neurodiversity in the workplace, and the Neurodiversity in IT program.

These sessions have already reached hundreds of staff members across the university and we also host events linked to Autism Awareness Month, including a film screening of Intelligent Lives and a panel discussion called Conversations with Extraordinary Leaders in Neurodiversity.

Learning objectives of the sessions include:

  • Basic awareness of neurodiversity and autism
  • Understanding of autistic traits with workplace relevance
  • Tips for enabling autistic colleagues to be effective in the workplace

Neurodiversity Brown Bags are held monthly and BeWell Berry approved. Please check the events section on this page to register for a session. 

Video Clips

Movies

Temple Grandin is a 2010 American biographical drama film directed by Mick Jackson and starring Claire Danes as Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who revolutionized practices for the humane handling of livestock on cattle ranches and slaughterhouses.

Available on Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, and Google Play

Benedict Cumberbatch shines as real-life war hero and pioneer of modern-day computing, Alan Turing, who saved millions of lives by cracking Germany's so-called unbreakable code during WWII. Experts in the field who have studied the life of Alan Turing believe he had Asperger’s syndrome.

Available on Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, and Google Play

Rizwan khan, a Muslim from the Borivali section of Mumbai, suffers from Asperger’s syndrome - a form of high-functioning autism complicating socialization. Rizwan’s struggle with Asperger’s syndrome sets up a unique narrative and perspective, and the exploration of his relationships provide a deeper insight into his honest and innocent personality.

Available on Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, and Google Play

Television

“The Employables” follows job seekers with conditions such as autism or Tourette Syndrome as they work to overcome obstacles and find fulfilling employment that provides them with the skills to excel long term in their careers.

Sponsors, Partners, and Teams

The Neurodiversity in IT program depends on many people and organizations both on and off campus. Below are the sponsors, partners, and teams that help make this program a success.

Executive Sponsors Leadership Team  Partners Team Members
Ganesh Karkala
AVP, University IT Enterprise Technology
Michael A. Fox
CIO, Land, Buildings, and Real Estate
Anne Pinkowski
Neurodiversity in IT Program Lead
Dani Aivazian
IDEAL IT Program Lead
Charu Bhatia
Director of Human Resources for Business Affairs

This IDEAL IT Program partners with Neurodiversity Pathways, a Goodwill of Silicon Valley program, to recruit graduates from their Workplace Readiness Program.

We are sponsored by the CIO Council and we have also partnered with University Human Resources and the Stanford Neurodiversity Project.

University Human Resources

Lindsey Hines
Talent Acquisition Manager

Stanford Neurodiversity Project

Lawrence Fung, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of the Stanford Neurodiversity Project

Neurodiversity Pathways

Ranga Jayaraman 
Director, Neurodiversity Pathways
Tiana Ferreira
Project Coordinator
Lucrecia Kim-Boswell
Mentor
Jonathon K. Lee
Mentor
Srinivas Mikkilineni
Manager
Bhavana Tirukovalluri
Manager
Angelo Celeri
Task Team Member
Maria Gregorio
Task Team Member
Sushila Iyer
Task Team Member
Vacilis Kollias
Task Team Member
Kevin Tully
Task Team Member

Get Involved

Join Our Community of Practice

Neurodiversity in IT is an IT community focused on advancing and promoting the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, specifically related to neurodiversity in the IT context.

Chat with us on Slack

Join the #neurodiversity channel in the Stanford CoP Slack workspace.

Subscribe to Our Mailing List

Contact

If you have questions or need support with any aspect of the Neurodiversity in IT program, please contact Program Lead Anne Pinkowski at apink@stanford.edu.