Student Accessibility Services

Supporting Neurodiversity

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) believes neurodiversity or learner variability applies to all students. Neurodiversity is the idea that neurological and learning differences among people are the result of naturally occurring variations within the human genome. Human brains all learn and function differently; therefore, neurodiversity should be regarded as the rule, not the exception. We believe that in the field of public education the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place. Individuals with neurodiversity and learner variability are supported by SAS through an individualized consultation of specific needs. When meeting with your SAS team member, we encourage students to consider what barriers they might experience in their daily routines, living spaces, socially, academically, and programmatically. We wish to support students wholistically by eliminating barriers to access in all aspects of the educational experience. We recognize that it may be impossible for an individual to anticipate all of their needs in advance to a new environment. Therefore, we encourage students to work closely with their SAS team through an ongoing interactive process of addressing access needs.