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Team Neurodiversity

Integrating neurodiversity and open scholarship

Our Goals

This team is responsible for discussing how open scholarship can be used to support the neurodiversity movement and enhance connections between open scholarship and neurodiversity; and how neurodiversity and open scholarship can intersect to make higher education more inclusive and accessible.

Although originally written about autistic people, we believe that this quote summarizes our approach to all forms of neurodiversity:

‚ÄėTheir strengths and deficits do not deny them humanity but, rather, shape their humanity‚Äô ( Grinker, 2010, p.173).

What We’re About

For Everyone

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For Academics

Expand to read what we do and why. Please note that this is tailored to academic audiences.

A more in-depth discussion of the link between open scholarship and neurodiversity is available in our position statement. This is a longer document which explains how neurodiversity links to open scholarship.

Our Resources

Our work falls into several general areas. Here, you can find resources related to each.

Awareness & Acceptance

APS Observer (October 2022)

Our piece in the Association for Psychological Science’s Observer magazine was commissioned as part of their Global Spotlight series. In it, we explain how supporting the messages of both open scholarship and neurodiversity will ensure that the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion reach across populations and explicitly include neurodivergent people. This is a readable introduction to issues regarding neurodiversity in psychology.

Social Media Outreach

We celebrate neurodivergence, but also acknowledge that being a neurodivergent academic comes with unique challenges. We have been sharing our experiences on social media as part of neurodivergence celebration dates, with the aim of promoting understanding and acceptance of all aspects of neurodivergence.

So far, we have created content for:

  • ADHD Awareness Month 2022. Our ADHDer members shared what ADHD means to them, advice for others, and what they like about their ADHD brain.
  • Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2023. Our members shared their thoughts about what neurodiversity is and what we’d like to change.
  • Autism Acceptance Week 2023. Our autistic members shared what being autistic means to them, what they like about their autistic brains, what others can do to be more supportive.

Experience Survey (coming soon!)

We are currently developing a survey which will research the experiences of neurodivergent scholars in academia. We hope that this will generate valuable data for understanding neurodivergent academics’ lives and careers.

ADHDers in Academia (coming soon!)

We are developing a qualitative research project investigating the potentially unique ways that ADHDers do research or contribute to science, and the institutional and sociocultural barriers to inclusion and career progression for ADHDer academics. We hope that this will provide in-depth information about the experiences of people whose voices are rarely heard.

Open Scholarship & Autism Research (coming soon!)

We are writing a manuscript which aims to promote Open Scholarship to academics and clinicians who research autism. In this, we will address criticisms of autism research and provide concrete suggestions for improved practices.

DEI&A Tools for Academia

Neurodivergent Authors Database

Our database collects together the details of neurodivergent researchers, papers authored by neurodivergent scholars, and other resources about neurodiversity. We hope that this will enable educators to create a more diverse curriculum.

At present, you can access the database and express interest in being added.

This work is supported by a Grant-In-Aid to Reduce Barriers to Improving Psychological Science, awarded by the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS).

Academic Wheel of Privilege (coming soon!)

We are developing a new, equity-based framework tailored to systemic biases and barriers in academia. We hope that this will be a useful diversity, equity and inclusion tool for academics to make authorship decisions. Watch our video to find out more.

The Academic Wheel of Privilege has been featured in:

Emancipatory & Participatory Research

Participatory Research Primer for Cognitive Psychologists

Our article in the BPS Cognitive Psychology Bulletin discusses how participatory research can benefit open scholarship and vice versa, leading to a more generalizable and accurate science of human behavior and cognition. Read the preprint.

Gourdon-Kanhukamwe, A., Kalandadze, T., Yeung, S.K., Azevedo, F., Iley, B., Phan, J.M., Ramji, A.V., Shaw, J.J., Zaneva, M., Dokovova, M., Hartmann, H., Kapp, S.K., Warrington, K.L., Elsherif, M.M. (2023). Opening up understanding of neurodiversity: A call for applying participatory and open scholarship practices. The Cognitive Psychology Bulletin, 8, 23-27.

Participatory Approaches to Big Team Science (coming soon!)

We are currently writing a manuscript which aims to reconcile Big Team Science with participatory research approaches. Big Team Science projects rarely include participants in the development of research questions and methodology. We argue that participatory approaches can improve Big Team Science by ensuring that large-scale research projects listen to and serve the communities they are researching.

Rethinking Education Practices

Assessment in Academia (coming soon!)

We are currently working on a manuscript which aims to encourage educators to rethink discriminatory practices embedded in academia, and to embrace Universal Design for Learning.

Open Scholarship & Autism Education (coming soon!)

We are writing a manuscript which aims to promote Open Scholarship to academics and clinicians who educate about autism. In this, we will address criticisms of autism education and provide concrete suggestions for improved practices.

Teaching & Training Resources

Teaching and Mentorship

Team Neurodiversity member Jenny Mai Phan presented a talk titled ‚ÄúNeurodiversity and Open Scholarship: Guiding principles and practices for research and Higher Education‚ÄĚ. This was presented on 29th June 2022, at RIOT Science Club‚Äôs 2022 conference on Teaching and Mentoring Open Research.

We recommend this talk for educators and researchers who wish to integrate intersectionality into their work. The talk outlined why neurodiversity and intersectionality should be embedded into open research teaching and mentorship. Jenny also provides useful strategies for achieving this.

Neurodiversify Your Curriculum

In 2023, members of Team Neurodiversity created a series of lesson plans and educational resources to help educators embed neurodiversity into their curriculum. These resources cover a wide range of diversity and open science topics.

The resources can be accessed via Neurodiversify your Curriculum Page.

The lessons cover the following topics:

  • Lesson 1 & 2: Implicit bias
  • Lesson 3: Diversity as one of the core values of Open Science
  • Lesson 4: Diversity and research
  • Lesson 5: Oppression and Power
  • Lesson 6: Generalizability Crisis
  • Lesson 7: The myth of the normality: How neurodiversity dismantles the generalizability crisis
  • Lesson 8: Neurodiversity Culture and Teaching
  • Lesson 9: Avoiding ableist language to diversify Open Scholarship
  • Lesson 10: How can Open Scholarship address structural ableism and racism?

About the Team

Team Neurodiversity’s Impact

Our work has been featured in:

History & Management

Team Neurodiversity was founded in 2021 by Mahmoud Elsherif, Tamara Kalandaze and Amélie Gourdon-Kanhukamwe. Please see our blog post for FORRT’s Educators’ Corner for more information about how Team Neurodiversity was formed, why it is needed, and our plans for future work. At the moment, the group channel has over 70 members who come from Europe, North America and Asia.

We have a rotating leadership team which changes every six months. To promote diverse and inclusive leadership, anyone can put themselves forward for this role, regardless of their experience.

The current team leaders are Magdalena Grose-Hodge and Bethan Iley.

Thank you to our previous team leaders: Amélie Gourdon-Kanhukamwe, Flávio Azevedo, and Mahmoud Elsherif.

We’re always welcoming new members. You do not need to be neurodivergent to take part. Find out more about getting involved with FORRT.