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“Embrace Neurodiversity” initiative launched

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 13 August 2019 | 4:57 pm — 

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From August to October 2019, we will launch our “Embrace Neurodiversity” initiative at the College of Charleston.  Kathleen Béres Rogers (English) is working with Mary Trent (Art History), Wayne Smith (Hospitality and Tourism), Anne Osowski and Adam Zerbst (SNAP), and Edie Cusack (REACH) in order to roll out this exciting, innovative program. Please see the attachment for details on this opportunity and relevant dates. Phase one will feature an educational campaign and an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to submit creative works on what it means to them to be neurodivergent.

Throughout October there will be a series of brown bag presentations and discussions offering opportunities for your students to engage: one deals with UDL (Cindi May and David Desplaces), one deals with Accessibility and Historic Preservation (Jim Ward), one deals with intersectionality (Tanner Crunelle and Rachael McNamara).

These initiatives will all lead into a final event, a guest lecture by Laura Owens, president of Transcen (, a firm that works with major corporations to promote employment for people with disabilities.  She will talk with professors on October 27th and give two talks on October 28th, one for students and one for business partners.

You can find more information about this initiative on the Facebook page:

Please direct questions to:

Dr. Kathleen Béres Rogers, Associate Professor, Department of English and Director, Medical Humanities Minor at or Anne Osowski, Assistant Director, SNAP at

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