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What is Neurodiversity?

Artists see the world differently. At MassArt we seek to celebrate that difference and at the same time acknowledge that all human brains are unique.  Neurodiversity is the acknowledgement and appreciation of the wide range of human neurologies, including the Autism Spectrum, ADHD, Dyslexia, and others.

The Counseling and Wellness Center and the Academic Resource Center (ARC) work together with students to provide support during the transition to college and throughout the journey within MassArt.

Some examples of outreach to neurodivergent students include a weekly Pizza Night where students can have some down time to talk and reflect upon their experience, embedded coaching in the classroom, activities such as  “the Ice Cream Unsocial,” Mental health counselors specializing in neurodivergent individuals, and classroom accommodations through Student Accessibility Services.

FAQs

I identify as a neurodivergent student. How can I access accommodations?

  • The process begins with completing the Request for Accommodations form in your admissions packet and returning it to Student Accessibility Services.  You will need to meet with a staff person who will inform your faculty of your accommodations via email.

How can I get support with home-work and written assignments?

  • All MassArt students can meet with a coach or a writing specialist at the Academic Resource Center (ARC.) 

How will I find out about events for neurodivergent students?

  • Look for emails from Counseling and Wellness or the ARC or come to the weekly dinner club to learn more.  We are also interested in your suggestions.

Academic Resource Center

  • Academic Advising
  • Academic Compass
  • Content Tutors
  • English Language Support
  • Student Accessibility Services
  • Success Coaching
  • Transfer Student Support
  • Writing Specialists

Counseling & Wellness Center

The Counseling & Wellness Center offers programs promoting well-being throughout the academic year. The primary purpose of the Mass Art Counseling Services is to enhance the ability of students to develop their creative, intellectual, and emotional potential in order to have a successful college experience. 

  • Free short-term psychotherapy
  • Evaluations
  • Referrals
  • Groups
  • Resources for students. 

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