Neurodiversity Alliance

Neurodiversity is the idea that people with neurological and/or psychological conditions deserve respect, should not be pathologized and are entitled to live full and satisfying lives.

Many members of the Wolf Pack – faculty, staff and students – share neurodiverse identities, but neurodiversity affects far more than the neurodiverse population; it impacts the entire University. The Neurodiversity Alliance’s mission is to raise awareness, promote access and ensure equity for the neurodiverse population at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Our newly formed alliance has three primary activities:

  • We advocate Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an approach to learning that recognizes variation in human cognition and neurological conditions as natural, to afford every student an equal opportunity to succeed.
  • We identify unintentional institutional barriers that disadvantage neurodiverse people, and we develop alternative practices that do not discriminate.
  • We coordinate faculty and student efforts to form an alliance that pools resources to meet the different needs of every neurodiverse person at the University.

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Neurodiversity Alliance founding members:

David Branby, Creative Director, University Marketing & Communications,

Jim Cherney, Associate Professor, Department of Communication,

Mary Anne Christensen, Assistant Director, Disability Resource Center,

Karl Fendelander, Editor in Chief, Nevada Today,

Jeffrey Hutsler, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology,

Andrea Juillerat-Olvera, University Lead Interpreter, Disability Resource Center, 

Zhizhong Li, Assistant Professor & Assistant Dean of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Orvis School of Nursing,

Mental health resources

Neurodiversity news & perspectives

The Pennington Student Achievement Center

Neurodiversity Alliance to advocate for and support neurodiverse Wolf Pack community

Newly formed alliance will focus on Universal Design Learning, breaking down institutional barriers and creating, supporting University neurodiverse community

Jim Cherney

Neurodiversity and the University

Associate Professor of Communications Jim Cherney, Ph.D. discusses neurodiversity, what it is and what it means to the Wolf Pack community, as well as a new University alliance

The Neurodiversity Student Working Group

Putting words into action: the neurodiversity conversation

Neurodiverse students are an important and significant portion of our campus community. Here's what that means and how to help.