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Unleashing the Power of Difference

Creating Neuro-Inclusive Learning Spaces
Delivered January 19, 2021
Presented by Jennifer Carpenter, Verona Carpenter Architects | Irina Verona, Verona Carpenter Architects | Marie-Christine Potvin, Thomas Jefferson University | Monique Chabot, Thomas Jefferson University | Josh Humbel, SCUP
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Thomas Jefferson University

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.

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.


Jennifer Carpenter

Verona Carpenter Architects

Irina Verona

Verona Carpenter Architects

Marie-Christine Potvin

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
Thomas Jefferson University

Monique Chabot

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Thomas Jefferson University

Josh Humbel

Planning Institute Program Manager

Recorded January 19, 2021.

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