New NSF funding for DO-IT Center to help neurodiverse learners

The DO-IT Center has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a new four-year, $1.5 million project called Developing and Testing Innovations: Neuroscience for Neurodiverse Learners.

The project, in partnership with the UW Center for Neurotechnology, will provide hands-on experiences in neuroscience disciplines, networking opportunities and resources to high school and early postsecondary students identified as “neurodiverse” learners. This includes people with academic challenges related to conditions such as dyspraxia, dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyscalculia, autism spectrum disorder and Tourette syndrome.

The project will disseminate findings to teachers of courses that are related to neuroscience and, more broadly, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The goal of the project is to enhance student interest in and skills to successfully pursue STEM fields, as well as empower educators to serve these students more effectively.