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Read Colleges Enlist Peer Mentors to Make Campuses More Welcoming to Neurodivergent Students by Rebecca Koenig  from EdSurge.com, August 8, 2019. Part of WiFi (What I Find Interesting) Wednesday.

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“Reexamining orientation is one way institutions are adapting to support students whose social and cognitive needs differ from those of the majority.

“Which is why colleges are recruiting neurodivergent students to serve as peer mentors to help their classmates make friends, navigate social nuances and broaden the idea of who can thrive not just in a classroom, but also in a dorm or dining hall.”

by Rebecca Koenig  from EdSurge.com, August 8, 2019

When I used to manage Orientation programs and hired ambassadors to lead student groups, it was important to keep this type of inclusion in mind. It was important for me, back then, to seek out students who would understood themselves and would be comfortable speaking about how they sought resources and managed the college experience.

It was also important to make sure that our hiring practices did not unintentionally weed students out of the top candidate spots. In order to do this, we moved to a model that assessed task-oriented, maintenance or group-oriented, and self-oriented behaviors. In this way, people who were neurodivergent were given equal consideration without creating a bias towards personality.

So many great ideas were shared in this article, too many to list as interesting! Check out the ways students suggested changes to how Orientation sessions are shared in the literature to help neurodivergent students make choices to be part of programs that might be out of their comfort zone.

Read Colleges Enlist Peer Mentors to Make Campuses More Welcoming to Neurodivergent Students by Rebecca Koenig  from EdSurge.com, August 8, 2019. Part of WiFi (What I Find Interesting) Wednesday.


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First Class Support for College Students on the Autism Spectrum: Practical Advice for College Counselors and Educators by Dr. Michael W. Duggan

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