Our Research

NERC is an independent nonprofit research center dedicated to improving access to quality education and workforce development for Neurodivergent humans. Stakeholders in the neurodiversity community rely on us to solve problems that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across STEM education, social & emotional learning, and workforce development.

Combining K-12 expertise and teaching and learning designs, we deliver reliable models, thorough social & emotional support, innovative methods, novel technologies, and sustainable programs that help to inform public policy and ground practice in evidence. We believe in the promise of access to quality education for all, and we push ourselves every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. Science Prep Academy, is NERC’s flagship STEM private school that has validated our innovative research-based education model that is designed to support neurodivergent students transitioning into college and career. Science Prep Academy is breaking ground in the areas of teaching and learning, vocational training, mental health, and adaptive recreation for neurodivergent students.

Our experts hold degrees in scientific, technical, and professional disciplines across education, mental health, and STEM fields. Our staff is tackling numerous projects each year to address complex education, social and scientific challenges on behalf of businesses, foundations, universities, and other groups working to fight for equitable solutions in neurodiversity. Our research partnerships—including ASU NERC Research RPP funded by the National Science Foundation.

Our research center maintains placement in the United States, with our headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, reflecting our roots in the area’s distinguished Arizona communities. Founded in 2016, Neurodiversity Education Research Center (NERC) was initially focused on establishing an innovative private school for autistic young people to actively engage them in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Career and Technical Education.

Our dedication to innovative, objective research and technical services makes NERC an outstanding resource for partners around the world whose greatest challenges demand rigorous approaches and science-based solutions. It also makes NERC a great working environment for people who share our mission to improve equity and inclusion of neurodivergent people.

The Neurodiversity Education Research Center works toward our vision and belief that neurodivergent individuals can become successful in an ableist society. Through our education programs, research areas, partnerships, community engagement, and events, we advocate models that support opportunities for academic, physical, and social-emotional growth. Additionally, we strive to engage educators, employers, researchers, parents, mental health professionals, and others in creating an optimal environment for neurodivergent individuals to be successful by emphasizing strength-based practices.