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Demystifying the Accommodations Process at Duke University

It was great to catch up with Dr. Cort Schneider, the Director of the Student Disability Access Office, to discuss the basics of the accommodations process at Duke.  Check out our conversation below:

Autism Awareness Month Speaker

The Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development will be hosting Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, a global self-advocate, educator, and parent on the autism spectrum in April 2021 for Autism Awareness Month.

Learn more about this event and register here.

Neurodiversity in the Workplace Panel

Join Duke Neurodiversity Connections and the Duke Career Center for a panel event focused on neurodiversity in the workplace. Our panelists will provide perspectives on navigating job interviews, their transition to the workforce and more. We enthusiastically welcome members of the Duke community who identify as neurodiverse as well as those who wish to learn!

Date: Monday, November 2, 2020

Time: 3pm-4pm EST

Register here by Thursday, October 29th to receive the Zoom link for this event.

Duke University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates the need for accommodations or has questions about access may contact Rachel Coleman (rachel.coleman@duke.edu) in advance of this event. 

For more information or questions, please contact Rachel Coleman (rachel.coleman@duke.edu) at the Duke University Career Center.

Academic Resource Center: Summer Services

The ARC is open and ready to support learning needs for online coursework.  Check out this video, which describes their services.


Film Screening: Autism Goes to College

Neurodiversity Connections is excited to present a free screening of the documentary Autism Goes to College on Monday February, 3, 2020 from 7-9 pm at Griffith Theatre, Bryan Center.

The film goes inside college classrooms and dorms as five students on the autism spectrum and their college support teams (parents, providers and faculty members) share their stories and candid insights about their experiences.  Hear their stories of dreams, fears, failures and successes



A live Q&A panel will follow the screening.

Food will be provided.

Duke students, faculty and staff are invited!

Students Moving Forward: Connecting North Carolina’s Workforce

We are excited to learn about the SMF Summit at NC State University, a statewide summit connecting North Carolina’s employers with college students and recent graduates who are on the autism spectrum throughout North Carolina.

Saturday October 26

11 AM – 2:30 PM

Talley Student Union

NC State University.

More information found here: SMF-Summit


The Clubhouse

The Clubhouse is a low-energy, low commitment space for Duke students who want to hang out and meet people, but are happier in smaller groups. Events are sensory-friendly and low-pressure, and entirely optional – stay as long as you’re comfortable. This is not a therapeutic group and no diagnosis is needed – it is a space to meet and hang out with other cool people with similar interests.

Events are held monthly.

More information found here.  Please contact kimberly.blackshear@duke.edu for details.

Autism in Love film screening

We are thrilled to announce a free screening of the film Autism in Love, open to Duke students, faculty and staff. Please join us!

What is Neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity Connections is a working group, founded in 2017, composed of interested faculty, staff, and administrators who’s common goal is to support Neurodiverse students during their Duke experience.  We aim to increase awareness  and promote inclusion of neurodiversity in all campus spaces.  Please browse this website for resources and upcoming events focused on promoting neurodiversity.

Defining Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity is an inclusive term that emphasizes the abilities of people with “brain differences” that are distinct from what is considered “typical.” As a social justice movement, neurodiversity aims to recognize the strengths and unique challenges of those with autism, ADHD and other neurological differences.

We view neurodiversity as an asset to Duke University’s campus culture and academic mission.

Take a Moment to Breathe

Find time in your day to pause, breathe, and reflect — your brain and body will thank you!

Below is a list of open spaces on campus for a moment calm or mediation.  You can also check out this interactive map of spaces at Duke University.

  • Bryan Center: Buddhist Room (0045)

  • Duke Cancer Center Quiet Room

  • Duke Gardens: Find a quiet bench or take a meditative stroll.

  • Duke Medicine Pavillion Chapel

  • Duke University Chapel

  • Keohane Quad (West Campus) 4B401: The Mosaic

  • Oasis East & West

  • Perkins Library: Prayer and Meditation Room 220

    • Open during library hours to any member of the Duke community.
  • Student Wellness Center:

    • CAPS: Being Well Room.

      • Open M-F, from 8-5 pm, please stop by the CAPS front desk to request to use the space.
    • Murphy-Nimcocks Meditation Garden. 

      • Open year round, weather permitting.
  • Wannamaker Residence Hall, Floor 0

Please comment below if other locations should be added to this list.