Learn how to meet the needs of neurodiverse students in your class.

Autism/Neurodiversity & the College Campus

The increasing population of neurodiverse students brings diversity to our campuses. This video includes an overview of autism, the differences between ADA and IDEA, accommodations both reasonable and unreasonable at college and the social, academic and interpersonal experiences of neurodiverse college students. Dr. Jane Thierfeld-Brown address classroom strategies along with ideas for meetings. 

Learn about the rapid increase in neurodiverse students and how that will impact college classes in the coming years. Takeaway tips for preparing your course for a neurodiverse body of students.


Jane Brown, Ed.D.

Director // College Autism Spectrum

Dr. Jane Thierfeld Brown is director of College Autism Spectrum, former assistant clinical professor at Yale Child Study, Yale Medical School and retired director of Student Services at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Dr. Brown has worked in Disability Services for 43 years. She holds an Ed.D from Columbia University, Teachers College and received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Muhlenberg College in 2020. Dr. Brown consults with many families, students, school districts and institutions of higher education. Dr. Brown has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS News and NPR. She has co-authored “Students with Asperger’s: A Guide for College Professionals,” (2009) Published in Japanese 2017,  “The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum,” (2012) and “Behavior Management and Self-Regulation,” (2012) along with many textbook chapters and articles. She received the Ron Blosser Dedicated Service Award from AHEAD in 2019.

Dr. Brown is married and has three children, the youngest being a 31-year-old son with Autism.


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