Environmental, Sensory and Technology Resources

Environmental and Sensory Considerations

Campus life can feel overwhelming and exhaustive at first, which is why we offer ongoing supports that help reduce anxiety and over-stimulation.

Many people with an ASD have difficulty processing everyday sensory information such as sounds, sights and smells. Difficulties with sensory integration can present challenges in the way that the nervous system receives, filters and organizes sensory information. These difficulties can manifest into unresponsiveness to unpleasant sensations such as loud sounds, extreme heat, cold or pain. Some experiences that many people take for granted can be disorienting for people with ASD. Reactions can be interpreted as consistent and willful misbehavior.

Assistive Technology Lab

Students registered with LDS have access to a computer lab fully equipped with assistive technology, computers, internet and printing. The Assistive Technology Lab comprises of two rooms, one which offers public computer access, and another that offers a quiet work space with computers and 3 low sensory pods. Low sensory spaces are designed for students who wish to decompress and relax when they are feeling overstimulated or simply want quiet time. Each pod has a comfortable chair and items to help cultivate relaxation such as stones, soft carpets and noise-reducing headphones. Pods are available for thirty minute increments and can be booked online in advance.

Location: Technology Enhanced Learning Building (TEL) 1017B.

Assistive Technology Lending Library

LDS is fortunate to have a wide array of assistive technology and equipment that students can borrow to see whether it meets their needs. The assistive technology resources include: iPads, Live Scribe, Noise-Cancelling Headphones, Laptops (both Windows and MAC) with Kurzweil 3000™ and Nuance® Dragon Naturally Speaking.

Please note that the Lending Library is for registered York students only.

Assistive Technology Specialists: offer training and support in the use of various assistive (and mainstream) hardware and software. For more information, please contact:

  • Rob Racanelli – rob@yorku.ca or 416-736-2100 ext. 70211 or;
  • Adam Diprospero – dipro@yorku.ca or 416-736- 5383

Therapy Dogs: offer students the opportunity to connect with a live presence that is calming, playful and supportive in reducing anxiety. Check for therapy dog visits on the Learning Disability Services calendar.