Much of the available information about autism, learning disabilities, and ADHD comes from experts who have deep knowledge about these variations but may not have firsthand experience. This valuable work has led to the advances that benefit people today. While scientific and academic knowledge is valuable, a criticism of past research is that is has not been inclusive enough.
Here is a sample of organizations committed to inclusion. They provide education and a platform for neurodivergent people to share their stories.
Online and print publication dedicated to ADHD. This site is geared toward a wide audience including children, adults, families, and professionals. Support and Stories is a collection of insider accounts of living with ADHD.
Art of Autism
Nonprofit that empowers autistic people and their families through participation in the arts. Approximately 800 participants in 35 countries. Features include People of Diversity Speaking (PODS), an online community of autistic artists, as well as #ActuallyAutistic bloggers and poets.
Autism Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN)
ASAN's mission is to “advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regards to autism.” This organization provides a host of online resources for advocates and allies.
Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network (AWN)
AWN's motto: “Neurodiversity is for Everyone”
Nonprofit to provide community, support, and resources for Autistic women, girls, nonbinary people, and all others of marginalized genders.
Eye to Eye
Nonprofit mentoring and support organization for students who learn differently. Eye to Eye describes itself as a “welcoming hand, ushering students with learning and attention issues into a community where they are helped to move from self-doubt to empowerment — and even their own version of greatness — by near-peers who face many of the same challenges themselves.”
Landmark College Centers for Diversity and Inclusion
Student-led centers at Landmark College that focus on making the campus a welcoming place for all. The Centers define diversity as “encompassing many intersecting identities including race, ethnicity, nationality, socio-economic class, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, ability, neurodiversity, religious affiliation, political viewpoints, and first-generation college students.”
Landmark College Institute for Research and Training
Established in 2001 to pioneer research and provide education professionals with the tools to support neurodivergent learners.
The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity
The mission of this center is to “increase awareness of dyslexia and its true nature, and specifically to illuminate the creative and intellectual strengths of those with dyslexia....” Success Stories feature short, inspiring profiles of dyslexic writers, actors, doctors, scientists, lawyers, and more.