Neurodiversity Advocates Presenting at Community Event

A Concordia professor and two students will be among the panelists at Anything But Typical, an enriching local event for neuroatypical individuals, their families, entrepreneurs, and professionals on Saturday, April 29, at the downtown Fargo Public Library.

  • Dr. Jane Indergaard, associate professor of nursing, is the coordinator of the Red River Valley chapter of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD) and speaks internationally at ADHD conferences. Her current research and clinical interests focus on the design, application, and implementation of Psychoeducational (PE) programming into provider treatment for ADHD.
  • Hadlie Dahlseid ’25 is a neurodivergent psychology and neuroscience student. She is planning to work in neurodiversity, trauma, and brain imaging while spreading acceptance and understanding of brain differences. 
  • Abigail Vogler ’23 is a deaf and autistic creative. She is the president and co-founder of Sonder, a disability and mental health advocacy student organization at the college.

Indergaard says she is excited and privileged to be supporting this event to bring together neuroatypical individuals and supporters to celebrate achievements, connect, share experiences, and work together for mental wellness.

“There is much stigma and misunderstanding of people whose brains work differently,” she says. “Fortunately, there has been a major shift in how the variety of neurodivergent conditions are perceived, understood, managed, and treated (when necessary). This first-of-its-kind event provides a welcoming, fun, and enriching opportunity to build understanding, acceptance, and support. It is about community, connection, and celebration of all individuals in the F-M community.”

Indergaard is working on a documentary that will feature the event. The film is expected to be finished this fall. 

Anything But Typical is free and open to the public. In addition to the Q&A panels, there will be several all-inclusive activities and conversations. Learn more here.