Neurodiversity in Higher Education

By: Jimmie Smith  

Institutions of higher education are organizations in constant change in order to meet the neurodiverse needs of adult learner. Neurodiversity was first developed as a term referring to a social and clinical movement to explain that the world is made up of individuals with a wide range of skills, perspectives, and abilities. This movement took on a social justice stance by working to create and develop better support for the diverse needs of individual people and at the same time create a better understanding and acceptance of differences and strengths. The neurodiverse approach is to adapt the environment to meet the needs of individuals rather than forcing individuals to adapt to an unsupportive environment. In so doing, the higher educational institutions are evolving more in to organizations of change and knowledge management, and are developing a culture of innovation.

Adult Learning, Innovation
Management Education
Focused Discussion

Jimmie Smith

Director of the Learning Effectiveness Program, University of Denver, United States
Colorado, United States

Jimmie Smith has been the Director of the Learning Effectiveness Program since August, 2009. Education is Jimmie’s career of choice and helping student reach their goals is her passion. She has worked in the field of education for over 35 years and more than half of that time has been in higher education. Before coming to University of Denver, Jimmie was a Learning Disabilities Specialist and Counselor at a community college in Washington. Jimmie received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Black Hills State University and her master’s in education from Framingham State College. She also has a specialization in Learning Disabilities and graduate work in Educational Leadership.