FOUNDATION CERTIFICATE IN
The Foundation Certificate in Neurodiversity is a specialized program designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of neurodiversity and its implications in various contexts. Neurodiversity recognizes and celebrates the natural variations in neurological functioning, highlighting the strengths and unique perspectives of individuals with diverse neurocognitive profiles.
QUALIFICATION: Mean grade of D- (minus) in KCSE Or equivalent.
DURATION: 2 Semesters
The Foundation Certificate in Neurodiversity offers a multidisciplinary curriculum that combines theoretical knowledge, research findings, and practical strategies. Through a variety of interactive learning experiences, case studies, and guest lectures, students will develop a solid understanding of neurodiversity and its relevance in education, workplaces, and society as a whole. The program emphasizes the importance of embracing neurodiversity and promoting inclusivity for all.
Introduction to Neurodiversity: An overview of the concept of neurodiversity and its origins. Students will explore different neurodivergent profiles, including autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and other neurological variations, and gain insights into the strengths and challenges associated with each.
Understanding Neurodivergent Perspectives: Examining the lived experiences of neurodivergent individuals and the impact of societal attitudes and stigma. Students will explore the neurodiversity movement, self-advocacy, and the importance of promoting acceptance and understanding.
Inclusive Education and Support: Exploring inclusive practices in educational settings to support the learning and development of neurodiverse students. Topics may include individualized instruction, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), assistive technologies, and accommodations.
Employment and Workplace Inclusivity: Investigating strategies for creating inclusive work environments that value neurodiversity. Students will explore accommodations, workplace support, diversity and inclusion policies, and initiatives promoting neurodiverse employment.
Communication and Social Interaction: Understanding the social communication differences experienced by neurodiverse individuals. Students will explore communication strategies, social skills development, and fostering positive relationships in diverse social contexts.
Neurodiversity and Mental Health: Examining the intersection of neurodiversity and mental health, including co-occurring conditions and mental well-being. Students will explore the importance of mental health support and interventions tailored to the needs of neurodiverse individuals.
Graduates of the Foundation Certificate in Neurodiversity may find opportunities in various fields that prioritize inclusivity and support for neurodiverse individuals. They can work in educational institutions, social services organizations, advocacy groups, or consultancies focusing on neurodiversity. Possible roles include neurodiversity consultant, special education assistant, inclusion coordinator, community support worker, or advocate for neurodiverse individuals.