It’s neurodiversity week from 21st – 25th March, and we’re celebrating different minds. Neurodivergent people who think and learn in diverse ways , are a big strength and asset to schools, universities, and places of work.

The initiative encourages us “to recognise the many talents and advantages of being neurodivergent, while creating more inclusive and equitable cultures that celebrate differences and empower every individual.”  – Siena Castellon, Founder of Neurodiversity Celebration Week.

With the right support everyone can reach their potential and thrive. 

Find out more about Neurodiversity and what is happening at City this week. 

Neurodiversity and CityLibrary 

Library Services strive to create an inclusive environment that works for all our students. Here are some services and resources you may wish to explore, whether you are neurodivergent or not. 

Take time out with our book collections 

You can find a selection of books in the library to help you explore your own neurodiversity or to help you understand and support someone else.  

Relax and take some time out: we’ve curated a collection of reading for pleasure and wellbeing titles, which include a growing number of audiobooks. Find out more about how to access these collections on OverDrive. 

The Neurodiversity and Disability Teams at City have arranged a screening of the film The Reason I Jump on Friday 25th March at 12pm in ELG04 Drysdale Building. Based on the bestselling book by Naoki Higashida, The Reason I Jump is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of non-speaking autistic people from around the world.  

You can find the book the film is based on in our audiobook collection on OverDrive: The Reason I Jump audiobook. If you can’t make the showing or would like to watch the film in your own time, you can borrow the DVD.

If you’re looking for something slightly different, we also have an exciting range of graphic novels to get stuck into. Head to the 740 section on Level 5 of Northampton Square Library, which is a great place to start to browse.

Looking for different formats to suit your learning style? Take a look at some of our audio-visual resources such as Alexander Street Press and Box of Broadcasts. 

Software to help with reading, writing, organisation, and productivity 

City has a range of software applications which all students can access. Digital tools can help remove barriers to study, making reading, writing, planning, and organising your thoughts easier. Read&Write includes text-to-speech tools, screen masking and readings rulers to make reading a more comfortable experience: find out How to access Read&Write. Mind mapping is a useful technique for capturing and organising your thoughts, breaking down concepts, and making revision and essay plans: find out How to access MindGenius. 

Finding a good place to study 

Each Library at City has a range of study spaces. There are quiet and silent areas to help you focus and avoid distraction. 

If you would like to plan your library visit ahead, you can familiarise yourself with the spaces and services with the virtual library tours, on Sway. 

We are here to support you throughout your studies and welcome any feedback you have about making the Library a more inclusive and accessible place to visit. If you do need more support, have a look at our Additional Needs guide and if you haven’t already done so, contact City’s Disability and Neurodiversity Support Teams, who will make a referral and provide us with an initial assessment of your requirements.

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