Jul 16 – 26, 2022
US/Pacific timezone

Invisible diversity. Are hidden disabilities hiding potential for physics?

Jul 18, 2022, 7:00 PM
2h 20m
211 South Ballroom (HUB)

211 South Ballroom



Fernanda Psihas Olmedo (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory)


Hidden disabilities are typically understood in light of the obstacles they present for students and researchers to succeed in academia. However, the same differences that fuel these conditions can provide a rich source of cognitive diversity to an environment that enables diversity to thrive. Cognitive diversity has great potential to contribute to the scientific output of our field by enhancing our collective problem-solving abilities, innovation, and creativity, among others. This presentation will discuss the advantageous potential that neuro-diversity can bring to our field, and explore the impacts of standardized tests and other barriers to the integration of students and researchers with hidden disabilities from the standpoint of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

In-person or Virtual? In-person

Primary author

Fernanda Psihas Olmedo (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory)

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