Soar Autism Center is excited to announce a class with the Stanford University d.school starting this March!
The Stanford d.school is a world-renowned center focused on helping people unlock their creative abilities by teaching the mindsets and skills of human-centered design to the Stanford University community and other groups. Human-centered design is a powerful set of tools, methods, and processes for addressing and deeply understanding complex situations and bringing new hope, joy, and possibility to those situations.
The class, called Design for Belonging: Autism Care, will be available for current members of the Stanford community, and has the following Overview:
In this class students will learn about the power of design to create feelings of belonging by identifying moments that matter and do so in the context of an autism clinic in Denver, Colorado.
Everybody’s brain works differently and therapy models in autism are often designed to try to create an appearance of neurotypicality in those with autism. In this course we are asking: How might we embrace neurodiversity and help families and clinicians support children with autism to become their fullest selves. This approach to design matters in autism care and is also fundamental for design for belonging in other contexts. Take this course if you are interested in learning how to design experiences that support belonging in general and help people create special places for families of children with autism. Students will work in collaborative teams to develop empathy for families and front-line clinicians in a new autism clinic, and then use those insights to build prototypes that create belonging for those different groups. This class is for students of all experience levels, and will focus on building skills related to learning with and from others, synthesizing information, and navigating ambiguity and complexity.
For more on Design for Belonging, check out this video describing the concept:
The class will be co-led by Susie Wise, a leader, designer, and expert in design for belonging, alongside Soar’s co-founder Jennifer Goldstein. We will post updates along the way as the class goes along, and will, of course, imbue the learnings from the class into Soar’s clinics.
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