Neurodiversity and Autism Research in Education Committee (NAREC)

NAREC Membership Meetings

Neurodiversity and Autism Research in Education (NAREC)

A Subcommittee of SIG #113

The Neurodiversity and Autism Research in Education Committee (NAREC) are enthusiastically planning  Zoom meetings for the upcoming academic year. At each meeting, we aim to focus on our vision and one of our committee goals.




Tuesday, Nov 28, 2023 4pm PT / 7pm ET 

  • During this session, the NAREC Leadership Committee explored the intricate aspects of neurodiversity, clarifying its distinctions from autism and tracking its evolving definitions
  • Our panel of NAREC neurodivergent and allistic experts shared personal examples of how we incorporate a neurodiversity perspective to shape our research inquiries, build our research teams, and enhance the design of our studies

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2023, at 4pm PT / 7pm ET 

  • At this meeting, we hosted a speed-dating networking activity where we could meet other NAREC and SIG113 members and engage in discussions around the following four questions:NAREC and SIG113 members and engage in discussions around the following four questions:
    1. What are your current research interests?
    2. As we look ahead to the next academic year, are there topics or themes that would be worthwhile for us, as a collective group, to engage with?
    3. In the past, we have typically had webinars with guest presenters. What other types of activities would you like to engage in during the NAREC meetings?
    4. What are your thoughts, successes, tensions, and/or big questions on the current state of autism research in educational contexts?

Wednesday September 20, 2022 4pm PST/ 7pm EST.

  • In this meeting we were joined by Dr. Brett Ranon Nachman, an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas. Brett shared his research around disability, autism and higher education.
  • Participants were engaged in research findings and supported discussion and provided with take-away strategies to elevate autistic college student self-advocacy.  Thank you Dr. Nachman.

Wednesday June 1, 2022 4pm PST/ 7pm EST.

  • In this meeting we were joined by Dr. Patty Douglas, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Brandon University, Manitoba. Thank you to Dr. Douglas for sharing with us her work via an engaging presentation entitled, Re-storying Autism at the Intersections: A Multimedia Storytelling Project.

Wednesday November 10, 2021 4pm PST/ 7pm EST. 

  • In this meeting we were joined by Dr. Vikram Jaswal, Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia, for a follow-up discussion of themes raised in his recent presentation at the  UC Davis Neurodiversity Summit.

Wednesday June 16, 2021 3pm PST/ 6pm EST

  • This meeting was a discussion style workshop in which members shared neurodiversity initiatives emrging within their K-12+ education settings.
  • Thank you participating committee members, for providing rich discussion points and ideas for supporting neurodivergent students and staff in our educational settings.

Wednesday February 15, 2021 4pm PST/ 7pm EST

  • This meeting will include small group networking and a Jamboard activity where we will engage with one another around our research interests. We plan to brainstorm topics of themes for further engagement and to share thoughts around the state of autism research in educational contexts. We value your input and hope you will plan to join us.

Wednesday October 28, 2020 3pm EST

  • During this meeting, we  focused on the committee's fourth goal; working together across research methodologies.
  • Thank you to Elizabeth Torres, Director of the NJ Autism Center of Excellence for sharing her transformative research emphasizing the motor aspects of autism and removing barriers to understanding delayed neurodevelopment.

Wednesday April 29th 2020 3pm EST  

  • During this meeting, we  focused on the committee's third goal; developing research to inform practice
  • Thank you to Kristie Asaro-Saddler and Matt Zajic for sharing their research insights and strategies on teaching writing to individuals on the autism spectrum

Wednesday February 5th 2020 3pm EST 

  • During this meeting we focused on the committee's second goal; promoting access to equitable opportunities.
  • Thank you Dr. Edlyn Pena (California Lutheran University) for sharing impactful research and experiences working with individuals who use methods other than speech to communicate. 

Wednesday October 2019  3pm EST  

  • During this meeting, we focused on the committee's first goal; collaboration through participatory research
  • Thank you to Dr.  Heather Brown (University of Alberta) for sparking an impactful discussion on participatory research and neurodiversity during our October 2019 meeting. 

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