The Office of Faculty Development

Neurodiversity & Higher Education

Neurodiversity is the idea that people experience the world in many different ways. While a majority of individuals who are neurotypical might experience a lecture, assignment, or group interaction very similar way, those who are neurodivergent may benefit from other teaching strategies. In our classrooms, we continue to see more students who are autistic, have ADHD, or have other learning disabilities. With the improvements in K-12 support, technology, awareness, and inclusive practices, there will continue to be more students in our college classrooms we as faculty may have not typically had or are not “traditional” students.

Within the context of this teaching guide, we will focus on college students who are autistic, have ADHD, or have learning disabilities. However, neurodiversity is a topic that continues to evolve. The research, classroom strategies, and resources here are intended to provide a starting point for both improved practices and conversations on how we as a Chico State community can improve.

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