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Diana Ho

Class of 2024San Antonio, TX


Hello! My name is Diana and my Polygence project is on the crossroads between neuroscience, reading, and developmental disorders. Over the summer, I conducted a research-informed summer program centered on reading for kids with developmental disabilities. I hoped to provide an inclusive space where they could read, socialize with others, and explore their creativity! I created an online blog to detail my experience and synthesize research on the areas of neuroscience, psychiatry, and reading. As opportunities for individuals with disabilities to make friends and stimulate their intellectual curiosity are limited, I hope that my project will inspire others to initiate such endeavors to progress the accessibility and diversity of our society.

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What are the neurocognitive and social benefits of an inclusive book club on children and adolescents with developmental disorders?

Started June 26, 2023

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My passions in reading, neuroscience, and psychiatry led me to spend my summer creating a research-informed reading program for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. My hope was to provide an inclusive space where they can read, learn, socialize with others, and most importantly, have fun! This led me to create an online blog encompassing the topics of neuroscience, psychiatry, and reading.

In this blog, I share informational posts that focus on the brain mechanisms of reading, the value of organized social groups for individuals with developmental disabilities, neural implications in developmental disorders, and the impact of reading on children and adolescents with autism, along with my experience conducting the book club. Through the synthesis of my research, I hope to spark initiatives to enrich the intellectual and social lives of individuals with developmental disabilities to pave the way toward a more diverse and accessible society.