Keivan G. Stassun

Stevenson Professor
Physics & Astronomy

Vanderbilt University

 

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Autism


Visit the website of the Vanderbilt Center for Autism & Innovation.

As the parent of an autistic son, as a person committed to diversity in all its forms, and as a scientist interested in the power of human visualization for scientific discovery, I am involved in a pilot initiative at Vanderbilt -- the Center for Autism and Innovation -- that is devoted to:

  • developing a strengths-based -- as opposed to deficit-based -- understanding of neuro-diverse capabilities;
  • modeling of novel employment arrangements, management trainings, and workplace practices that fully utilize these capabilities to spur innovation;
  • invention of new technologies that enable autistic and other neuro-diverse individuals to succeed in employment and achieve their full potential; and
  • documenting and disseminating an all-hands community-based approach -- including educators, researchers, employers, philanthropists, and community organizers -- to enhance quality of life for autistic individuals through meaningful employment.