In accordance with the Writing Center’s commitment to inclusive pedagogy, we are committed to honoring all forms of writing and expression. This includes students who identify with or have been diagnosed as autistic.

Our tutors engage in training to learn best practices in working with students on the spectrum through engagement with the ASPIRE Program and individual autistic students. Above all, our aim is to accommodate the needs and preferences of all students who come to the Writing Center. These accommodations include, but are certainly not limited to, no expectations for eye-contact, availability of written feedback, and alternative communication styles.

We do not approach autism as an “issue” that needs to be fixed. On the contrary, we recognize that the ways in which many autistic writers speak, think, and write are equally as valid as the typical processes of neurotypical populations.We believe that diversity of style and experience makes all of our writing more vibrant and dynamic.