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Recognizing the Full Neurodiversity of a Campus Community

March 9, 2021 at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Audience:Staff and Faculty

As part of the launch of the Accessibility & Wellness Speaker Series, join us for this first presentation that will explore neurodiversity in the postsecondary environment and consider ways of increasing accessibility for students, staff, and faculty on the autism spectrum. This will be a starting point to catalyze further conversation and considerations of how Carleton can best leverage the strengths of the full neurodiversity of thinkers across campus. This session will be presented by Tara Connolly of the READ Initiative.

About the Speaker

Tara Connolly is the Assistant Director, Research & Development, of Carleton’s READ Initiative. Tara is a transitions specialist who has some 20 years of experience working with and learning from adults and youth on the Autism spectrum. Her work has focused on facilitating neurodiverse thinkers to thrive on their own terms through co-creating meaningful transitions into and throughout adulthood, including employment. She has worked as a teacher, ASD consultant with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, ASD content expert with the Public Health Agency of Canada, and counsellor in private practice. She was instrumental in designing the Transition Support Centre at Algonquin College, a service that supports the transitions of students on the spectrum into post-secondary environments. Tara earned a Master’s in Sociology and Equity Studies from University of Toronto and is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and the College of Registered Psychotherapists.

Accessibility & Wellness Speaker Series

This presentation is the launch event for the new Accessibility & Wellness Speaker Series. The intended outcomes of the Accessibility & Wellness Speaker Series are to:

  • Increase awareness within members of the Carleton community about accessibility issues and how they relate and contribute to wellness of individuals and the community as a whole;
  • Encourage awareness into action approach through the provision of concrete strategies, resources and connections for participants;
  • Highlight the connection between accessibility and accessible practices and the wellness of individuals;
  • Increase the conversations about accessibility.

Find out more here!


To register for this session, please fill out the form below. You will receive a link to join closer to the date.

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