Telly and Anthem award-winning “A World of Difference: Embracing Neurodiversity” celebrates and empowers families that are navigating the journey of learning differences. Produced by Beacon College — America’s first accredited college dedicated to educating students who learn differently — the show explores neurodiversity through conversations with experts, families, and interviews with successful adults who thrive with learning differences. Season 3 episodes air on WUCF-TV in Central Florida and are available via the PBS app on your favorite streaming device.
Season 3, Episode 7: March 2023
Neurodiversity and Tech
A recent blog post on Tech Nation, a growth platform for tech companies and leaders, asked an intriguing and important question: “In a technology-driven world, how is it possible to improve the world for everyone, without everyone’s input?” Of late, more companies answering that question by leveraging the abilities, insights, and talents of a wide array of different thinkers by diversifying their workforces. Rising high on the wish list are employees who are neurodivergent — workers who think and learn differently.
On this episode, we explore a New York program that aims to transform the lives of neurodivergent students by teaching computer science thinking and technology skills to upgrade their education and future employment prospects. Next, we travel to a Texas private school for students with learning differences that is training the next wave of American defenders to man the cyber front lines.
Later, you’ll meet our latest “Difference Maker,” Ness Blackbird, the neurodivergent mind behind a coding education platform designed to help school districts equip students with the computer programming skills necessary to enter the workforce or to succeed in college.