Author: Atkinson, Cassidy

Come Get the Tea From CSD

Please join us at CSD (Center for Students with Disabilities), over coffee or tea, to learn more about implementing accommodations in your courses and get 1:1 help with features of MyAccess, such as uploading exams. DSPs will be available to talk in a private setting and answer any questions you have. No need to RSVP—we hope you’ll drop by our Conference Room (or the CSD Office at the Regional Campuses) on one of the dates listed below:

  • 2/15/24 2:30-4pm STORRS CSD Conference Room
  • 3/22/24 10:30am-12pm STORRS CSD Conference Room
  • 2/7/24 12-2pm HARTFORD Student Services Suite 107
  • 2/6/24 11am-1pm AVERY POINT Branford House Room 313
  • 2/14/24 9am-11am WATERBURY (Virtual)
  • 3/4/24 9:30am-11:00am STAMFORD Room 302D

For more information, contact: Tim Smagacz at

University Council for Neurodiversity Employment

Thursday, Feb 8th @ 12pm EST
University Council Meeting
UC School Panel and Group Discussion

  • Requesting Interview Accomodations - how and if to request them
  • Checking "yes" to the Disability box on the application - Pros and cons of sharing a learning difference

Suggested Audience - University Council Professionals
Register Here


Thursday, Feb 15th @ 12pm EST
Interactive Workshop for ND students and recent alumni
Topic: How is my neurodiversity relevant to getting (and keeping) a job?
*Invite ND students on your campus! This workshop is an opportunity for them to meet and learn alongside ND students from other schools also seeking employment-related guidance.
Suggested Audience - ND Students and Alumni
Register Here


Thursday, April 4th @ 12pm EST
University Council and ND Student Meeting
Topic: How students can create a skills and talents portfolio for a job search
Campus professionals and ND students across campuses will learn alongside each other how to best present their skills and talents for interviews and applications, especially in the context of a strengths-based definition of neurodiversity.
Suggested Audience - University Council Professionals and ND Students/Alumni
Register Here

Neuro-Inclusive Candidate Network

Click HERE to join the Neuro-Inclusive Candidate Network!

What does "neurodiversity" mean, actually?

Neurodiversity commonly refers to (but is not limited to) autism, ADHD, dyspraxia, dyslexia, dysgraphia, OCD, dyscalculia, and Tourette's. Neurodivergent (ND) minds perceive, communicate, and behave differently than so-called "neurotypical" brains.

How is my neurodiversity related to my employment

Neurodivergent people bring unique ways of thinking to the world. Companies actively seek those different perspectives in employees, and are focused on creating more neurodiverse workplaces that are supportive of your differences!

What is the Neuro-Inclusive Candidate Network (NCN)?

The NCN connects ND students and recent alumni with employers who understand and value their differences. The NCN is an initiative of the University Council for Neurodiversity Employment - a coalition of over 60 schools led by UConn.

How does the NCN work?

  1. Click this link to join
  2. Complete your Candidate Profile
  3. Receive neurodiversity-related employment opportunities and information
  4. Get access to the NCN career resources website

How do I know if the NCN is right for me?

The NCN is right for you if you are a current or recent college-level student ( who identifies as neurodiverse and would like to join a community of peers who get connected to neurodiversity-related employment opportunities.

Disability Pride Month

July is Disability Pride Month, a commemoration of the signing of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, and since then, to celebrate the identities, culture and contributions of people with disabilities in the United States and worldwide.  This year, the Center for Students with Disabilities would like to invite the UConn community to join us in marking this important time by reading The Secret Life of a Black Aspie, an exciting new memoir from writer Anand Prahlad, that explores the author’s autism and Black cultural identity.

CSD would also like to invite our colleagues to attend an open house on Wednesday, July 26, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  in our office, Room 204 of the Wilbur Cross building.  We’ll provide ice cream and hope to be able to offer some assistive technology demonstrations, answer questions about assessments and scheduling, and just have a chance to talk with you.  Please rsvp to if you plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you!

For more information, contact: Tim Smagacz at

2022 – 2023 Prospective Student Sessions

Virtual Admitted and Prospective Student Information Sessions for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023

CSD will host virtual admitted and prospective student information sessions in the fall and spring semesters. Sessions will introduce high school students to the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at UConn and discuss the differences between high school and college accommodation request and coordination processes. Additionally, information about CSD’s enhanced services program, Beyond Access, will be shared. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. We look forward to meeting you!

Virtual prospective student information sessions dates/times:

Fall 2022: Prospective Student Sessions
**all sessions will be held from 2:00pm-4:00pm**

  • Monday October 10, 2022
  • Tuesday October 25, 2022
  • Friday November 11, 2022
  • Wednesday November 30, 2022

Spring 2023: Prospective/Admitted Student Sessions
**all sessions will be held from 2:00pm-4:00pm

  • Monday February 20, 2023
  • Tuesday March 7, 2023
  • Thursday March 23, 2023
  • Friday April 7, 2023
  • Wednesday April 12, 2023
  • Tuesday April 18, 2023

If you are interested in attending one of the above dates email to reserve a space and receive a link to the session.

Neurodiversity Hiring Pilot Program (Mentra)

UConn and CSD recognize the importance of supporting neurodivergent students’ unique needs in their pursuit of internships and post-graduation employment.

We are excited to share a Neurodiversity Employment Pilot Program using a tool called Mentra which you can now use to match with job and internship opportunities at companies that seek and value your neurodiversity!

How does Mentra help you?

  • Mentra’s platform helps you develop a holistic profile of yourself that supplements your resume and better captures your strengths and accommodations needs
  • Mentra automatically matches you with employers educated in neurodiversity inclusion for positions that align with your profile, and sends them your information
  • You can also independently express interest in any roles posted on the platform
  • Mentra provides guidance and mentorship to candidates to ensure job readiness

Please register in TWO places:

  1. The link to register with UConn’s Center for Neurodiversity and Employment Innovation is here.  By registering, you will receive information about this pilot and other neurodiversity employment opportunities.
  2. The link for participating in the pilot program is here.