1. Project Summary
  2. Funding
  3. Project Team
  4. Project Partners
  5. Contact

Project Summary

Neuroinclusivity is a key step on the path to a fully inclusive Canada. Neurodivergent thinkers face a wide range of barriers in education, employment, and day-to-day life. Policies, practices, and built environments can be made more neuroinclusive when they are designed with due consideration of these challenges.

Our research team will develop a targeted and widely adaptable set of recommended practices to apply a neurodivergent lens to the development of standards. By facilitating the incorporation of neurodivergent perspectives, this project will give standards developers and others a new way to identify, remove, and prevent barriers. Our work will be informed by the breadth of research literature, the advice and feedback of neurodivergent researchers and subject experts, and active engagement with the neurodivergent community.

This research project will develop a simple tool to apply a neurodivergent lens to standards development. Guided by the active and creative participation of the neurodivergent community, our work will contribute to the reduction and elimination of barriers for neurodiverse thinkers.


Accessibility Institute received $550,000 over 2 years from Accessibility Standards Canada to fund this research.

Project Team

  • Tara Connolly, Principal Investigator
  • Boris Vukovic, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Heather M. Brown, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Sonia Rahimi, Research Lead
  • Jasmin Macarios, Project Administrator
  • Mike Walker, Project Coordinator

Project Partners

Our partners will serve as members of the project advisory board, provide feedback on project outputs, support the recruiting of neurodiverse consultants, assist in gathering data from neurodivergent organizations, and organize community focus groups.


For inquiries about this project, please contact Tara Connolly.