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Celebrate Neurodiversity in Higher Education!

Celebrate the collective neurodiversity of students, staff, and faculty. Learn more from these curated resources honoring Neurodiversity Celebration Week (March).

About Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity Celebration Week logoNeurodiversity Celebration Week takes place in March!  Neurodiversity can be described as "…the concept that neurological differences are recognized and respected as natural variations of human beings rather than deficiencies. [...] Neurodiversity represents the idea that people with neurocognitive variants do not need to be cured; they need to be accommodated to realize their unique talents" (Stanford Medicine Dept. of Radiology).

CCC Library has gathered resources and curated several themed book lists celebrating neurodiversity. Access them by selecting the Books and Online Resources buttons on this page.

Terms and Definitions

  • Neurodiversity is the diversity of human brains and minds – the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species.
  • Neurodivergent sometimes abbreviated as ND, means having a brain that functions in ways that diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal.” 
  • Neurotypical often abbreviated as NT, means having a style of neurocognitive functioning that falls within the dominant societal standards of “normal.” 
  • Neurodiversity Movement is a social justice movement that seeks civil rights, equality, respect, and full societal inclusion for the neurodivergent.

Terms and definitions credit: Nick Walker,

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Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that the Clackamas Community College campuses reside on the traditional homelands of the Clackamas, Cascades, and Tumwater bands of Chinooks, as well as the Tualatin and Pudding River bands of Kalapuya and the Northern Molalla people. It is important that we acknowledge the ancestors of this place and to recognize that we are here because of the sacrifices they endure. Without them, we would not have access to this gathering and to this dialogue. Please join us in taking this opportunity to thank and honor the original caretakers of this land, their lives, and their descendants still caring for the land today.

Labor Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that our nation has benefited and profited from the free enslaved labor of Black people. We honor the legacy of the African diaspora and Black life, and the knowledge, skills, and human spirit that persevere in spite of violence and White supremacy.

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