by NHFPL Communications and Marketing Team | Originally published April 4, 2024

Libraries play an important role in promoting inclusivity and celebrating diversity in all its forms. Neurodiversity is no exception. The term “neurodiversity” is used to describe the differences in human brains and behavior. Neurodivergence includes a variety of different conditions including but not limited to ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and more. Since April is Autism Acceptance Month, let’s take a moment to highlight some of our programs and services that benefit the neurodivergent community in New Haven.

The New Haven Free Public Library (NHFPL) system offers tutor rooms free of charge at many of our locations, which can be used as a place for quiet respite when our visitors are overstimulated or experiencing sensory sensitivities or need to focus on a task without distractions. Headphones are also available to check out for in-house use at Ives Squared and in the Tech Center in the Ives Main Library.

Our program offerings address a wide variety of special interests. This month, they include events related to the sinking of the Titanic, niche films and classic cinema, technology, music, creative making, and more. Past virtual programs specifically centered around neurodiversity (including a chat with Dr. Devon Price) are available to view on our YouTube channel.

NHFPL is proud to offer one of the state’s more robust collections of neurodiverse and neuroinclusive titles, boasting science-backed releases well-regarded by the neurodivergent communities whose lived experience is not to be overlooked. Just this month, we’ve added several new titles, which you can check out via the link at the end of this article.

We encourage our visitors explore the Library’s programs, services, and titles that celebrate autism acceptance and neurodiversity this month and every month!

Check out these great collection highlights!

Neurodiversity FAQ