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Supporting Neurodivergent Talent: Autism, ADHD, and Dyslexia in Planetary Science

Presentation #320.09 in the session Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in Planetary Science (Oral Presentation)

Published onOct 23, 2023
Supporting Neurodivergent Talent: Autism, ADHD, and Dyslexia in Planetary Science

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and access efforts must include disability and neurodivergence. There is a long history of speculation about famous scientists being possibly neurodivergent or exhibiting neurodivergent traits, but identification on an individual basis has been limited until fairly recently. In the last two decades, definitions of these neurotypes have changed and broadened, so people are being identified or are identifying themselves as neurodivergent and are learning about their traits, experiences, and brains in a way that was unavailable to people before. In the contemporary planetary science classroom or workplace, we have a responsibility to include and support our neurodivergent learners and scientists, and we also have an opportunity to utilize insights from the broader neurodiversity movement to better support our teams and students. Here we will explain inclusive language used to describe neurodivergent traits and people and offer strategies to support our community members. These strategies include ideas for executive function support as well as tips in the areas of physical comfort and sensory considerations.

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