Unleashing the Power of Difference: Creating Neuro-Inclusive Learning Spaces

January 19, 2021
Webinar | 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern

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Supporting sensory needs creates healthier environments.

We live in a neurodiverse world. Students, whether or not they have formal diagnoses, learn in different ways, and the converging crises of our day demand new paradigms of inclusion across the campus. Spaces that support sensory needs can allow a wider range of students to flourish, creating a more equitable – and more flexible – environment.

Finding solutions.

Leaders from Thomas Jefferson University and Verona Carpenter Architects will share examples across typologies of innovative solutions, unleashing the generative power of difference.

Use the examples and discussion points to create a healthier, more attractive space on campus for all learning types.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Create responsive, flexible learning environments that accommodate sensory difference – through space planning, lighting, acoustics, and furniture – by applying Universal Design for Learning ideas to spatial strategy.
  2. Help reduce anxiety in students, faculty, and staff – whether or not they identify as neurodiverse – by allowing more user choice in the way spaces are inhabited and configured.
  3. Attract and retain a wider ranges of students by adapting existing buildings to support neuro-inclusivity, including spatial adaptations required in response to COVID-19.
  4. Maximize the use of available outdoor space by applying the lessons learned from the workplace and other space typologies.

Featured Speakers

Jennifer Carpenter
PrincipalVerona Carpenter Architects
Irina Verona
PrincipalVerona Carpenter Architects
Marie-Christine Potvin
Associate Professor of Occupational TherapyThomas Jefferson University
Monique Chabot Headshot July 2019
Assistant Professor of Occupational TherapyThomas Jefferson University
Associate Director, Learning Programs