Neurodiversity Guide

Neoridiversity guide (cover)

Neurodiversity at GSA
Neurodiversity is a relatively new term that encompasses many neurological
differences including Autism, Attention Deficit hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia,
Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tourettes.

It is fundamentally, the acknowledgement that such neurological differences are not defects, and instead are recognised in the same manner as any other human cognition. Many people with these differences often find themselves affected by other cognitive conditions such as mental illness.

The Learning Support and Development department based in the Haldane building
are there to support all students at GSA and here at the library, we strive to do the same.
We are embracing diversity in the broadest sense and are striving to create an all-inclusive environment, one in which our students can feel safe, supported and inspired.

This guide is designed to introduce you to the library, its resources, and to encourage you
to utilise it, not just as a place of study, but as an environment in which you can find respite and take some time for self-care.

Don’t let library anxiety hinder your education and overall GSA experience. We are here to support you.

Library opening times
Term time
Monday to Friday: 8am -10pm
Weekends: 8am – 6pm
During student breaks, and during Semester 3,
the opening hours are 9am-5pm Monday to Friday
and closed at the weekends.


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‘My name is James and I am a librarian here at GSA. I am here
to support you and encourage you to visit and make use of our

I am autistic, and so can understand some of the difficulties and
frustrations the differently-abled can encounter. If you want to meet to discuss an individual support plan then contact me at

Here are some of the additional support services I can offer through referral from Student Support.’





Designated librarian: All our librarians are friendly and approachable and always
happy to help, but some students may prefer the familiarity of a designated librarian
who will be their point of contact throughout their studies.

Individual Inductions: I will introduce you to the library and support you during your
visit so that you feel safe, can assess the environment and gain the confidence to
visit as often as you like.

Catalogue searches: I can assist you with library catalogue and database searches.
Dissertation support: proofreading, bibliographies and footnotes for essays.

Map/orientation: Introduce you to our simple colour coded map that helps you
locate subject areas without use of shelfmarks.

Borrowing: Should you need particular items from the library I can retrieve them for
you and have them ready for you to collect.

Meet ups: I can visit you in your studio and we can work out what items you need
from the library and I will collect them and deliver them to you.




It’s fun to get lost among the shelves and discover new things, but if you need some direction then this simple colour coded map will help you. It was designed to direct you to subject areas rather than a specific item, so there is no need for classification numbers.

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GSA library maps



GSA library maps



Reading tools



I can make available some of your key readings in accessible formats.




pen reader

Using your student card you can borrow a pen reader.
It scans the text and reads it aloud to you and can also
save it as a PDF.





dyslexia overlays


You can borrow from a selection of coloured overlays
that support readers with Dyslexia and Meares-Irlen




reading rulers


You can borrow reading rulers to use in the library. We
have a variety of colours for you to choose from






Using your library card you can borrow noise cancelling
headphones. These are ideal for those that are easily





Silent Reading Room and Sensory Space


silent room

Our silent reading room is a technology free zone designed purely for reading or relaxing and nurtures good mental health. There are soft beanbag cushions, two soft chairs and adjustable reading lamps. It can accommodate up to six people and is open to all students.


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If you feel stressed, overwhelmed or just need alone time, then you can book the silent reading room for yourself and transform it into a sensory space simply by switching off the reading lamps and switching on the colour changing mood light.