Mon, Mar 21|
Neurodiversity Celebration Week Kickoff Event
Please join us for a very special Q&A with Siena Castellon, founder of Neurodiversity Celebration Week!
Time & Location
Mar 21, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
About the event
Please join us for a Q&A with Siena Castellon, founder of Neurodiversity Celebration Week, and Stanford student. Learn about her experiences at school, why she founded this special week, and her books (The Spectrum Girl's Survival Guide and The Spectrum Girls Survival Toolkit).
"My name is Siena Castellon. I am a multi-award-winning neurodiversity advocate, author, Young Leader for the SDGs, and the founder of Neurodiversity Celebration Week. I am also a teenager who is autistic and has ADHD, dyslexia, and dyspraxia. As a student with several learning differences, I know that there is still a stigma associated with having special educational needs and that there are still many misconceptions about what it means to have learning or thinking differences. I want to change this."
You Can Make a Difference With One Small Step
Ask your school to take the Neurodiversity Celebration Week pledgeSend this template email to your school's leader: Dear School Leader, Did you know that 1 in 5 children has a learning difference, and these neurodiverse students often have negative school experiences that focus on their challenges. It doesn't have to be this way. Together, we can change the narrative. Instead of focusing only on the drawbacks of being neurodivergent, we can acknowledge the many strengths and talents that come from thinking and perceiving the world differently. By celebrating the strengths of neurodivergent students, we can begin the seismic shift in the way neurodiverse students are perceived and treated, including how they feel about themselves. Please sign our school up for Neurodiversity Celebration Week and bring one of their suggested activities to our school.
Celebrate With Us
- Share our list of books featuring neurodiverse themes with your school library or visit our local partner bookstores (Kepler's, Books Inc, Reading Bug, Linden Tree) to pick up a book for your classroom or home
- Visit Palo Alto's Mitchell Park or Rinconada Libraries for their neurodiversity book displays and virtual story times or ask your local library to create a display
- Forward our blog post: Using Picture Books To Teach About Neurodiversity: Better Understanding Ourselves and Each Other