W&M Neurodiversity - class on brain stimulation
|Bertrand the Brain Dog, waiting outside the hospital. |
Dogs like Bertrand made an unheralded but substantial
contribution to neurological research over the past 150 years.
- You are a regulator. What do you do? Is the risk real, and should a therapy with that risk be allowed?
- You are a therapist. Do you take the chance and recommend therapy, or take the safe route and talk instead?
- You are a patient. Do you do it?
- You are his parent. Do you give him the therapy? What do you tell him?
- You're ten years old. What do you want most in life? Are friends more important than intellectual superpower? Is intellectual superpower important to you? Think back a few years . . .
- You are a government leader. What do you do with the suspect? Is a trial needed; would it serve a purpose?
- You are a scientist in the program. Should your newfound power be kept secret?
- You call yourself a freedom fighter. The enemy calls you a terrorist. How do you combat this machine?
John Elder Robison is an autistic adult and advocate for people with neurological differences. He's the author of Look Me in the Eye, Be Different, Raising Cubby, and Switched On. He serves on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the US Dept of Health and Human Services. He's co-founder of the TCS Auto Program (A school for teens with developmental challenges) and he’s the Neurodiversity Scholar at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He's also a visiting professor of practice at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and advisor to the Neurodiversity Institute at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.