Between 15-20% of the US population is neurodiverse, and many go their entire lives without being diagnosed. Despite the increasing awareness and diagnoses, specific spaces, such as academia, have been known to exclude and marginalize those who fall out of the cookie-cutter learning mode. Those who fall out of this narrow and outdated setup are often made to feel inferior as if they are the problem, rather than the education system as a whole. School can be the place where neurodiverse students face the most discrimination and experience gatekeeping when it comes to pursuing higher education. Wanting to explore how Earlham is tackling these issues, we set out to interview students and staff on their experiences, any stigma or discrimination faced, and proposed solutions. This article mostly refers to conditions like ADHD, autism, depression, and anxiety, but we recognize that these accommodations are necessary especially for other, lesser disclosed and more stigmatized conditions like DID or schizophrenia. Read more…


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