Neurodiversity: Moving Beyond Autism Awareness and Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance

Wednesday, April 05, 2023 at 12:00pm to 1:45pm

Virtual Event

The Office of Equal Opportunity looks forward to hosting its first lunch-and-learn session in collaboration with Community, Equity and Diversity, and Disability, Access, and Inclusion. The webinar will introduce participants to the topic of neurodiversity, and disability accessibility compliance.

Host and Facilitator

Dorca Paulino-Smalley, Director
Office of Equal Opportunity

Special Guests

Dr. Sean Edmund Rogers, Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President, Community, Equity & Diversity

Tre Hamlin
Native American Student Organization (NASO)


Dr. Paige Ramsdell, Assistant Dean
Disability, Accessibility & Inclusion

Hannah Sears, P3 Doctor of Pharmacy Student
Student Advocacy for Disability Awareness/Action (SADA)


Nina Schiarizzi-Tobin, M. Ed., Assistant Director
Disability, Access & Inclusion

Lauren Jensen, Esq., Associate General Counsel
Office of the General Counsel

Dr. Vanessa Harwood, Assistant Professor
Department of Communicative Disorders

Laura Kenerson, Director of Personnel Services
Human Resources Administration

Panel Moderator

Kara Larsen, Esq., Assistant Vice President
Enterprise Risk Management


The goal of this event is to celebrate neurodiversity and the contributions of the neurodiverse community while highlighting services offered to students and staff and raising awareness of our institutional compliance obligations. This event will inform, inspire, and challenge the audience.

Participants are invited to submit questions in advance by emailing the Office of Equal Opportunity at Schedule permitting, panelists will answer audience questions.

The University of Rhode Island encourages all people to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about accessibility inclusion, please contact Dorca Paulino-Smalley at or TTY via RI Relay at 1-800-745-5555.

Dial-In Information

Pre-registration required. Please follow this link to register:

Event Type

Virtual / Webinars


Diversity / Inclusion, Law / Social Justice


Faculty & Staff, Students



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