Library provides for neurodiversity needs

Invercargill city library staff have thought outside the box to make the space more inclusive and safe for visitors with special needs.

Community connections librarian Saniya Thompson (above) said library staff had been working with Autism New Zealand and Learning Differences Aotearoa Trust to offer a "sensory box" containing a weighted lap blanket, earmuffs, dark glasses and a variety of fidgets and sensory items for people who have neurodiversity. She displays some of the items the box holds.

It could be beneficial for those experiencing anxiety or restlessness, she said.

"We have items aiming to calm different senses — if it is too loud, they can put the earmuffs on, if it is too bright the sunglasses ..."

The kit could be accessed by everyone at the help desk and feedback on the initiative was welcomed, she said.


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