Neurodiversity Allies


Neurodiversity Allies (NDA) is a student volunteer program at Rush University that focuses on enhancing the hospital stay experience for adults and children with intellectual and/or developmental differences (IDD).  The program operates on referrals received from providers in the hospital who have a patient with IDD who would benefit from having an “ally”. 

A volunteer ally will then come and engage in various recreational activities with the patient to provide companionship and support. Neurodiversity Allies also aims to enhance health profession students’ knowledge and experience with people with IDD through educational opportunities.

Contact Information

Contact Marisa Snyder if interested in joining.

Advisor: Molly Bathje, PhD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy