NEK Neuroabilities Convergence Project, Summer 2021
At VLSI, we believe that the word "neurodiversity" identifies the variations in the way individuals think and learn far more positively than the terminology of "disorder" and "disability." We reflect that belief by placing our emphasis on abilities and the many strengths that neurodiverse individuals have. Although we recognize that the way is not easy in a world dominated by neurotypical thinking, we strongly believe in what those who think differently can do.
The Convergence Project seeks to bring neurodiverse learners together at a crucial point in their learning journey: the transition from middle school to high school. Engagement in the learning process is vital for attaining an ambitious goal like going to college, and there are specific factors influencing student engagement. One is the student's sense of belonging: to school, to community, to a peer group. Another, related to the first, is the feeling of being valued. These are vitally important to a positive transition. In the Convergence, as each participant brings something different to fun but challenging projects, sharing and listening, hearing and being heard, we intend for all to learn things about themselves and about others.
By providing a safe space for this to happen and a commitment to meet neurodiverse learners where you are as you rise to a new school challenge, we want to show you how much you matter. And how badly our world needs you.