2nd Annual Rutgers Neurodiversity Summit

You are invited to attend the 2023 Rutgers Neurodiversity Summit

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2023, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services, 100 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Registration is required by June 7th and in-person attendance will be limited. 

Register Now


Summary of the Day

9:00-9:30 am              Welcome and Continental Breakfast


9:30-10:00 am            Opening Remarks

Dr. Christopher Manente, Welcome and Speaker Introductions 

Dr. Anna Branch, Rutgers Senior Vice President for Equity 

Dr. Francine Conway, Rutgers New Brunswick Chancellor-Provost 


10:00-11:00 am          Keynote Presentation – “I think of it as a curse gift”: 

Learning Together How to Develop Neurodiversity-Affirmative Beliefs and Practices

Dr. Kristen Gillespie-Lynch, CUNY Project REACH


11:10-12:00 pm          Cultivating Compassion Project

Dr. Stephanie Lyon, Rutgers GSAPP


12:10-12:30 pm          Artist Spotlight: Elizabeth Dicker


12:30-1:15 pm            Lunch 


1:15-1:45 pm              Accessible Dance Presentation & Performance

Dr. Natalie Schultz-Kahwaty, Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts


1:45-2:05 pm              Overview of Rutgers Neurodiversity Taskforce Survey Findings

Jane Matto, MSW Graduate Student

Genta Kukaj, LifeSPAN Lab Research Assistant


2:15-3:00 pm              Rutgers Neurodiverse Student Panel

Moderator: Amy Gravino, RCAAS Relationship Coach


3:00 – 4:00 pm           Cocktail Hour and Networking


100 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, NJ