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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Readings & Media on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

A curated bibliography of readings, podcasts, and videos in diversity, equity and inclusion. Feel free to suggest a title to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Libraries and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Neurodiversity is a relatively new way to think about neurological differences – because of natural variation in the human genome brain differences are normal. For kids with learning and thinking differences, the concept of neurodiversity can help them (and their parents) frame their challenges as differences, rather than as deficits. There’s growing awareness in libraries of how to best reach kids with neurological differences like autism spectrum disorder and ADHD, but what about when those kids become adults? Join Lori Uria from Neurodiversity Matters Idaho to learn about neurodiversity, how libraries can increase their understanding of the needs of neurodiverse patrons, develop workplaces friendly to neurodiverse employees, and ensure libraries are welcoming spaces to everyone in their community.