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Neurodivergent Identity: Disabled or Different? (On Demand: Recorded)

Main Topic: Flourishing, Well-being, and Social-Emotional Learning
Session Type: Talk Story


Neurodiverse students are often disadvantaged in educational settings by deficit thinking, a learned mindset that skews our treatment of students with disabilities and can limit their success. For students who have other marginalized aspects of their identities, disadvantages in the classroom are compounded, and the implicit biases we hold can unintentionally disempower them and curb their academic progress. Without special care and preparation, these hindrances are further exacerbated in an educational setting. By approaching Neurodiversity from an intersectional lens and implementing strength-based practices, we can begin to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity in the classroom. This talk story session will explore how to approach neurodiversity from an intersectional lens to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity. Participants will share experiences of how to create space for students to be supported with the agency to define their own identity as a learner from a strength-based, talent-focused perspective.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, participants will:

  • Define neurodiversity as an intersectional aspect of identity.
  • Create space for individuals to positively express neurodivergent distinction.

Keywords: Neurodiversity, identity

View the Session: https://community.pacrim.coe.hawaii.edu/groups/4189398/feed



Feb 23 2021 - May 01 2021

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Feb 23 2021 - May 02 2021
View the Session: Virtual Space


  • Dr. Gloria Niles
    Dr. Gloria Niles
    University of Hawai'i-West O'ahu - Director of Distance Education & Coordinator, Office of Professional Development & Academic Support

    University of Hawai’i-West O’ahu

    Gloria Niles serves as the Director of Distance Education in conjunction with her duties as Coordinator of the Office of Professional Development and Academic Support (OPDAS) for the University of Hawai’i-West O’ahu. Dr. Niles has enjoyed a varied career in academia from the time she became a Doctor of Chiropractic with post-doctoral training in Neurology. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management, a Master’s degree in Online Teaching and Learning, and a Ph.D. in Education with a focus on Special Education Leadership. Dr. Niles is also a 2019 alumnus of the Institute for Emerging Leaders in Online Learning (IELOL). In addition to a teaching career in Special Education and the training of educators in the UH West Oʻahu Education Division, Dr. Niles earlier served as Dean of Academic Affairs at Palmer College in Florida. The combination of experience and training in distance education modalities with practical experience in the classroom and as an administrator drives Dr. Niles’ scholarship that centers the praxis of diversity to center the needs of diverse learners in digital teaching and learning. Additionally, Dr. Niles’ dedication to serving the profession is demonstrated by her role as a peer evaluator for WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), and a variety of volunteer leadership positions with several professional organizations including the Online Learning Consortium, Council for Exceptional Children, and the POD Network. Dr. Niles has been an invited speaker for the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technology (WCET) Annual Meeting, and the Distance Teaching and Learning Conference.