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Provide educational opportunities, along with access and advocacy support, for Neurodivergent students, and provide campus and community leadership and education regarding neurodiversity, social justice, disability, and autism.
Top 5 FAQs:
Q: How do I sign up for the Neurodiversity Navigators program?
Entry into the program is Summer only, however, we have many services available all year for students entering in other quarters. Read the “Future Students” page on our website and review the Next Steps on that page for all the details.
Q: Do I need to have a medical diagnosis and documentation to be in the program?
No, you don’t! You do need to identify as autistic, or neurodivergent, and, you also need to want to explore that identity in our academic cohort classes by exploring your strengths as a neurodivergent person. (Note: to receive ADA Classroom and Testing accommodations, please check in with the Disability Resource Center, a separate department.)
Q: What kind of services does the program provide?
Neurodiversity Navigators provides advocacy, access, and educational services for neurodivergent students at BC. We support neurodivergent students in four ways:
- Our students participate in a series of cohort classes that they take alongside their regular programs of study – these classes are designed as career preparation classes, and they focus on soft skills such as Executive Functioning, Stress Management, Occupational Wellness, Interpersonal Communication, Self-Advocacy, and more. You can see a list of courses here.
- Students also meet with a trained peer mentor, called a Navigation Assistant, regularly for access support – to ensure that the student can access their class materials and campus resources, and communicate with instructors. The Navigation Assistants aren’t tutors, and they don’t do the work for the student, instead, they support the student in accessing resources, and discovering ways to do the work and communication for themselves, using strength-based growth models. While they also support students in accessing clubs and other social opportunities, they do not attend social functions with students, nor do they act as social role models.
- NdN provides parent support and training (and 4.) faculty and staff support and training as well.
You can find out more here.
Q: How much does it cost?
There is no charge for program services. Students pay tuition for the academic credit cohort classes that they take each quarter. These classes cost approximately $223 – $550 each quarter, and in most cases they provide transferable college credit and count as elective credits towards a student’s degree program. Certain exceptions apply. Please check with us regarding your personal situation if you have questions, and be sure to check in with Financial Aid if you are a recipient.
Q: Do you teach life skills?
We teach academic and career preparation skills in our cohort classes, and peer mentors work each week on problem-solving skills, using a research-based method that increases cognitive flexibility, frustration tolerance, and executive functioning skills. So, although we aren’t teaching check balancing, or how to do laundry or similar skills, we believe we are teaching students something far more valuable. The ability to speak up when they need support, and find durable solutions to problems they encounter.
Q: How can I find out more? Can I make an appointment?
We hold information meetings once a month, on the second Monday evening of each month, January through June from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. You can find out more about information sessions here. We also hold an additional event at least once per year, if evenings don’t work for you. You can keep in touch with us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ASNavigators.
Last Updated June 9, 2021