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Vanderbilt Autism & Neurodiversity Alliance (VANA)

The Vanderbilt Autism & Neurodiversity Alliance, or VANA, is a student-led organization created to support the Vanderbilt community, including undergraduates, grad students, staff, faculty, and those in the Vanderbilt area with an autism or other neurodiversity, both those who have a formal diagnosis and those who suspect they may be autistic or neurodivergent.

The group meets at the Wond’ry twice a month. Though self-advocates are encouraged, VANA respects the wishes of those members who wish to keep their neurodiversity private.

This group was formed in September of 2018, and as a democratic body, their scope and efforts will be detailed by consensus in future meetings.

If interested, please contact Claire Barnett (claire.barnett@vanderbilt.edu), the current leader of VANA.

Vanderbilt Autism Roadmap for Students (VARS)

We are currently working with various student support offices across campus to develop a roadmap for Vandy students on the autism spectrum to more seamlessly navigate their Vanderbilt experience from incoming freshmen through to graduation and into employment.