NYU Libraries Opens Low-sensory Room for Neurodiverse Students and Others Who Benefit From a Calming Environment

December 16, 2023

NYU Libraries has opened a low-sensory space on the first floor of Bobst Library, providing students who are neurodiverse with a dedicated room to support their academic success. With the new space, and two more study rooms scheduled to open on the 9th floor in the spring of 2024, Bobst becomes one of only a handful of academic libraries to offer specially-designed places for students who identify as having acute sensory needs. A collaboration with NYU’s Moses Center for Student Accessibility and NYU’s Disability, Inclusion, and Accessibility Provostial Working Group, the first-floor room is outfitted with a sensory pod, high-backed chairs and table desks, bean-bag pillows, yoga mats for floor seating, adjustable lighting, and noise-canceling wall paneling. It can accommodate about 12-14 students at one time. The rooms are tailored for library users who identify as being on the autism spectrum, who have ADHD or otherwise identify as neurodivergent, and those who have a mental health disability, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or anxiety.

NYU Libraries has opened a low-sensory space on the first floor of Bobst Library, providing students who are neurodiverse with a dedicated room to support their academic success.

With the new space, and two more study rooms scheduled to open on the 9th floor in the spring of 2024, Bobst becomes one of only a handful of academic libraries to offer specially-designed places for students who identify as having acute sensory needs.

A collaboration with NYU’s Moses Center for Student Accessibility and NYU’s Disability, Inclusion, and Accessibility Provostial Working Group, the first-floor room is outfitted with a sensory pod, high-backed chairs and table desks, bean-bag pillows, yoga mats for floor seating, adjustable lighting, and noise-canceling wall paneling.  It can accommodate about 12-14 students at one time.

The rooms are tailored for library users who identify as being on the autism spectrum, who have ADHD or otherwise identify as neurodivergent, and those who have a mental health disability, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or anxiety.

The source of this news is from New York University

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