Enhancing Sensory Inclusion for Neurodiverse Individuals in Educational and Cultural Settings

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2024

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Hebert, Taylor

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The capstone project focuses on enhancing sensory inclusion within cultural institutions and schools to address the challenges faced by individuals with neurodiverse conditions such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), sensory processing disorder (SPD), and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These individuals often encounter barriers in these environments due to sensory sensitivities, lack of structure, and limited accessibility, hindering their full participation and enjoyment. Recognizing the importance of inclusivity, there has been a growing movement to create sensory-inclusive environments within cultural institutions and schools. Occupational therapy plays a crucial role in addressing these barriers, aiming to enhance access to educational and cultural resources while promoting overall well-being and quality of life for neurodiverse individuals. The capstone project aims to develop strategies to foster sensory inclusion within cultural institutions and schools. Through collaborative efforts and applying occupational therapy principles, the project seeks to create environments that support the diverse needs of neurodiverse individuals, ultimately enhancing their access to educational and cultural resources and promoting their overall well-being and quality of life.

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Cultural institutions, Museums, Schools, Neurodiversity, Sensory programming, Sensory inclusion, Sensory sensitivities, Sensory-friendly initiatives

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