Supporting Graduate School Success for Students with Disabilities
In the U.S., approximately 85% of adults on the autism spectrum are unemployed or underemployed. Albert Einstein expressed a number of traits suggesting he may have been autistic, certainly neurodiverse. Although Einstein went on to revolutionize modern physics, helping us to understand such things as gravity, the existence of atoms, quantum mechanics, and nuclear fission, due to his traits he was unable to find work as a professor after obtaining his Ph.D. After two years fruitlessly searching for a teaching position, he settled for a job as a patent clerk, where he remained for five years until he was finally recognized as a leading scientist and offered professorships. Today, we celebrate him as one of the greatest scientists in history. Einstein's example highlights the struggles many with neurodiversity go through, and helps to illustrate how such marvelous talent could potentially go to waste, to the detriment of us all. In my own life, I have struggled to understand the neurotypical society I was born into, eventually finding ways to overcome my disabilities and lean on my strengths. Wrth the right supports and environment, many neurodiverse individuals may make substantial contributions.
Sponsored by the UNI DEL Grand Challenge Grant
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Wolf Hall, 100
Wolf Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA