Members of the Accessibility Standing Group identified and used these resources to develop the Cognitive Diversity and Neuroinclusion toolkit. The group prioritized neurodivergent perspectives as much as possible, while recognizing limitations and gaps in the research.

Neurodivergent Perspectives (Authors or Interviewees)

Anderson, A. (2018). Autism and the academic library: A study of online communication. College & Research Libraries, 79(5), 645-658. DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.5.645 

Anderson, A. (2021). Job seeking and daily workforce experiences of autistic librarians. The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion, 5(3), 38–63. DOI: 10.33137/ijidi.v5i3.36196

Anderson, A. M. (2021). Exploring the workforce experiences of autistic librarians through accessible and participatory approaches. Library and Information Science Research, 43, 101088. DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2021.101088

Eng, A. (2017, July 17). Neurodiversity in the library: One librarian’s experience. In the Library with the Lead Pipe.

Ford Williams, G. (2021). Cognitive UX design principles from a neurodivergent perspective. LinkedIn.

Hinson-Williams, J. (2024). Autistic students and academic library research: Recommendations for a neurodiversity-informed approach. In the Library with the Lead Pipe.

Hoban, V. (2018). ‘A sense of comfort’: Library, Disabled Students’ Program unite to help students with disabilities. University of California Berkeley Library.

Lawrence, E. (2013). Loud hands in the library: Neurodiversity in LIS Theory & Practice [PDF]. Progressive Librarian, 41, 98-109.

McKinley, B. (2023). My hyperfocus! It’s broken! Alki, 39(3). 

Peters, C. (2023). Neurodiversity, invisible “disability”, & unconscious bias: The primary obstacle of neuroinclusion in the workplace [Video]. Network of the National Library of Medicine.

Pionke, J. J. (2017). Toward holistic accessibility: Narratives from functionally diverse patrons. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 57(1), 48–56. DOI: 10.5860/rusq.57.1.6442

Potter, A. (2023). Neurodiversity and accessibility. Alki, 39(1).

Tumlin, Z. (2019). “This is a quiet library, except when it’s not:” On the lack of neurodiversity awareness in librarianship. Music Reference Services Quarterly, 22(1–2), 3–17. DOI: 10.1080/10588167.2019.1575017

Additional References

Amos, R. L. (2021). How interpersonal violence impacts our patrons, our library, our campus. In J. C. Skinner & M. Gross (Eds.), Underserved patrons in university libraries: Assisting students facing trauma, abuse, and discrimination (pp. 176-190). Libraries Unlimited. (WorldCat)

Annabi, H., Crooks, E.W., Barnett, N., Guadagno, J., Mahoney, J.R., Michelle, J., Pacilio, A., Shukla, H. and Velasco, J. (2019). Autism @ Work Playbook: Finding talent and creating meaningful employment opportunities for people with autism [PDF]. Seattle, WA: ACCESS-IT, The Information School, University of Washington. 

Anderson, A. (2020). Universal design online and students on the autism spectrum: Is it a match? Paper presented at the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2020, Online. (Old Dominion University Digital Commons)

Ashbaugh, K., Koegel, R. L., & Koegel, L. K. (2017). Increasing social integration for college students with autism spectrum disorder. Behavioral Development Bulletin, 22(1), 183. DOI: 10.1037/bdb0000057

Bahrampour, N., & deCourcy Hinds, J. (2022). Neurodiverse navigation and disability equity in a NYC DoE Early College library. Urban Library Journal, 28 (2).

Banks, J. (2019). Are we ready: Faculty perceptions of postsecondary students with learning disabilities at a history black university. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 12(4), 297-306. DOI: 10.1037/dhe0000100

Bloss, J. E., Haberstroh, A., Harmon, G. J. C., & Schellinger, J. (2020). Library services. In E. M. H. Coghill & J. G. Coghill, Supporting Neurodiverse College Student Success: A Guide for Librarians, Student Support Services, and Academic Learning Environments (pp. 182–203). Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated. (WorldCat)

Boyer, A., & El-Chidiac, A. (2023). Come chill out at the library: Creating soothing spaces for neurodiverse students. Journal of New Librarianship, 8(1), 41–47. DOI: 10.33011/newlibs/13/5 

Braumberger, E. (2021). Library services for autistic students in academic libraries: A literature review. Pathfinder: A Canadian Journal for Information Science Students and Early Career Professionals, 2(2), 86-99. DOI: 10.29173/pathfinder39

Canada Life (n.d.). Feedback preferences [PDF]. Workplace Strategies for Mental Health.

Canada Life (n.d.). Recognition preferences [PDF]. Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

Carey, F. (2020). Communicating with information: Creating inclusive learning environments for students with ASD. In the Library with the Lead Pipe.

Cho, J. (2018). Building bridges: Librarians and autism spectrum disorder. Reference Services Review, 46(3), 325–339. DOI: 10.1108/RSR-04-2018-0045

Cinquin, P.-A., Guitton, P., & Sauzéon, H. (2019). Online e-learning and cognitive disabilities: A systematic review. Computers and Education, 130, 152-167. DOI: 10.1016/j.compedu.2018.12.004 (accessed from HAL)

Cook, M., & Croft, J. (2015). Interactive mindfulness technology: A walking labyrinth in an academic library. College & Research Libraries News, 76(6), 318-322. DOI: 10.5860/crln.76.6.9328

Dali, K. (2019). Avoiding a senseless endurance test: Hidden disabilities and interviewing in LIS. The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion, 3(1), 1-12. DOI: 10.33137/ijidi.v3i1.32265 

deCourcy Hinds, J. (2023). How can literary spaces support neurodivergent readers and writers?: Jess deCourcy Hinds on creating inclusive places for everyone. Literary Hub.

Dow, M., & Bushman, B. (2020). Neurodiversity in higher education: Library and information science educators address the learning needs of students with intellectual disabilities. Proceedings of the Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference: ALISE 2020.  97-109.

Doyle, N. (2022). Rejection sensitive dysphoria in the workplace. Forbes.

Elam, C., & Mililli, D. (2023). A space “full of something I can’t do.” Alki, 39(2).

Fitzgerald, G., Dunne, S., Biddulph, N., O’Donovan, M.-A., O’Rourke, M., Ryan, S., McGilton, S., O’Rourke, D., & O’Callaghan, H. (2020). Improving the university library experience of students with intellectual disabilities: A case study from an Irish institution. Disability & Society, 35(10), 1698–1704. DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2020.1781597

Gardijan, N. (2021). Library anxiety: An overview of re-emerging phenomena. Library Philosophy and Practice, Winter, pp.1-31.

Kannan, H., Bierlein, I., & Gayhart, L. (2023). Designing content for neurodiversity: Opportunities for discovery tools [Webinar]. Ontario Council of University Libraries, Collaborative Futures Accessibility Working Group.

Kelly, M. (n.d.). Library Environmental Scan. Project Enable.

Lund, B. D. (2021). Academic library services and communication with patrons with communication disorders. In J. C. Skinner & M. Gross (Eds.), Underserved patrons in university libraries: Assisting students facing trauma, abuse, and discrimination (pp. 137-149). Libraries Unlimited.  (WorldCat)

Lund, B. D. (2018). Redefining opportunity for the library employee with autism: A model of positive behavioral support for library management. Journal of Library Administration, 58(5), 434-448. DOI: 10.1080/01930826.2018.1468192 

Marquez, J, & Downey, A. (2015) Service design: An introduction to a holistic assessment methodology of library services. Weave: Journal of Library User Experience, 1(2) DOI: 10.3998/weave.12535642.0001.201

Mellifont, D. (2023). Ableist ivory towers: A narrative review informing about the lived experiences of neurodivergent staff in contemporary higher education. Disability & Society, 38(5), 865-886. DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2021.1965547

Mouli, A. C., Lindner, R., Patrick, M., Wong, J., & Zhang, J. (2023, October 11). Supporting neurodiversity in education. University College London.

Patterson, P. (2022). The intersection between cognitive disabilities and the user experience. Accessibility Days 2022. slides / recording (non-captioned) / recording (captioned)

Phillips, A. L. (2021). Secrecy, avoidance, shame, and misunderstanding: Where university libraries are struggling to support mentally ill students and opportunities for change. In J. C. Skinner & M. Gross (Eds.), Underserved patrons in university libraries: Assisting students facing trauma, abuse, and discrimination (pp. 164-175). Libraries Unlimited. (WorldCat)

Pionke, J. J., Knight-Davis, S., & Brantley, J. S. (2019). Library involvement in an autism support program: A case study. College & Undergraduate Libraries, 26(3), 221–233. DOI: 10.1080/10691316.2019.1668896

Praslova, L. (2022). An intersectional approach to inclusion at work. Harvard Business Review. 

Rasmussen, S. M., Dalgaard, M. K., Roloff, M., Pinholt, M., Skrubbeltrang, C., Clausen, L., & Kjaersdam Telléus, G. (2023). Eating disorder symptomatology among transgender individuals: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Eating Disorders, 11(1), 84–84. DOI: 10.1186/s40337-023-00806-y 

Remy, C., Seaman, P., & Polacek, K. M. (2014). Evolving from disability to diversity: How to better serve high-functioning autistic students. Reference and User Services Quarterly, 54(1), 24-28. DOI: 10.5860/rusq.54n1.24

Shea, G., & Derry, S. (2019). Academic libraries and autism spectrum disorder: What do we know? The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 45(4), 326-331. DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2019.04.007

Shea, G., & Derry, S. (2022). A survey of library services for autistic college students. The Journal of Academic Leadership, 48(6), 102591. DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2022.102591

Skinner, J. C., & Gross, M. (2021). Beyond theory and practice: New directions for research and service. In J. C. Skinner & M. Gross (Eds.), Underserved patrons in university libraries: Assisting students facing trauma, abuse, and discrimination (pp. 191-193). Libraries Unlimited.  (WorldCat)

Sloss, A. (2021). Information services for students with anxiety disorders and depression. In J. C. Skinner & M. Gross (Eds.), Underserved patrons in university libraries: Assisting students facing trauma, abuse, and discrimination (pp. 150-163). Libraries Unlimited. (WorldCat)

Stark, J. (2023). Autism friendly lesson planning: A universal design for learning training for college level instructors [Dissertations, Theses, and Projects 788, Minnesota State University Moorhead].

Strub, M. R., & Stewart, L. (2010). Case study: Shelving and the autistic employee. Journal of Access Services, 7(4), 262-268. DOI: 10.1080/15367967.2010.508369

W3C. (2022). Cognitive accessibility at W3C

W3C. (2021). Making content usable for people with cognitive and learning disabilities.

WebAIM. (2020). Evaluating cognitive web accessibility.