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Supporting Neurodiverse Learners: New Resource Guide

Posted by on June 30th, 2020 Posted in: Advocacy, K-12 Resources, Technology

What is neurodiversity? As an instructor, how can I best support my neurodiverse learners? What are some principles of web design to help make my website available to all students?

These are tough, important questions that are often difficult to answer with a quick internet search. Neurodiversity, the concept and perspective that individuals with “atypical” behavioral traits or brain function can be considered normal, or even exceptional, learners and thinkers, is relatively new, understudied, and misunderstood.

This new resource guide, Supporting Neurodiverse Learners, co-developed by outgoing

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Education & Outreach Librarian Julie Botnick and our recently graduated NNLM PSR undergraduate student assistant Katherine Zhuo (UCLA ’20), aims to help instructional designers, facilitators, librarians, and web developers build tools and experiences that are accessible to all learners, regardless of whether they fit the mold of the “typical” student.

We welcome recommendations for additional sources and comments regarding other information needs you have on this topic; please email psr-nnlm@library.ucla.edu with suggestions.

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Julie Botnick is an Education & Outreach Librarian for the NNLM PSR located at UCLA.

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