I’m a neurodivergent (ND) trauma coach, so if you need to talk more about this please book an appointment with me!
As an ND person, I have spent a lifetime trying to figure myself out and to help neurotypical (NT) people understand me. Since so many of my clients are neurodivergent and/or have neurodivergent loved ones, I am often asked for neurodiversity-affirming resources. I’ll keep this article updated as I run across more!! Please note that I receive no compensation for sharing these resources below!! They are folks I’ve discovered organically over the last several years.
- NeuroSpark Health is a neurodivergent-led group of folks providing Autism and ADHD diagnostic assessments for adults. They can work with folks in 41 states and counting!
- Neuroclastic is an autistic-led disability rights nonprofit, and a great alternative to non-affirming organizations (such as Autism Speaks). Find them on Instagram and Facebook.
- Lives in the Balance (founded by Ross Greene) provides training and support that is a great alternative to ABA and other behavioral approaches.
- Thriving Autistic is committed to empowering and promoting the human rights of Autistic and otherwise neurodivergent people through a transformative shift away from the traditional medical and charity models towards a human rights-based approach. They have a growing list of ND therapists and coaches here.
- Say Hooray is a neurodiversity-affirming, ND-led group that helps folks access diagnosis. Based in Australia.
- Neurodivergent Therapists is an effort to match ND clients with ND therapists. Find them on Instagram.
- TraumaGeek (Janae Elizabeth) develops neuroscience education for parents and helping professionals. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.
- Neurowild (Em) is an Autistic and ADHD speech pathologist, and their resources are phenomenal! I love the Neurodiversity-Affirming IEP Accommodations resource. Find them on Instagram and Facebook.
- The PDA Society offers resources for home and school to support folks with a PDA profile (pathological demand avoidance is the most well-known meaning of PDA but I prefer the more affirming Perpetual Drive for Autonomy)
- Fidgets and Fries (Tiffany Hammond) is a Black Autistic author and parent to autistic kids. Find her on Instagram and Facebook.
- The Neurodivergent Teacher (McAlister) is a ND accessibility specialist. Find her on Instagram and Facebook.
- Dr. Neff, Neurodivergent Insights offers all kinds of resources for late-diagnosed ND folks. Instagram
- ADDitude Magazine is a must for articles for all ND folks and neurotypical folks wanting to understand ND realities. Find their website here.
- AUsome Training offers parent training courses for parents and professionals.
- Sauce Strap is an ND-led shop that makes earplugs, earplug holders, and other items.
- ChronicKali is a UK-based shop that makes some really neat communication cards and also tons of affirming stickers and clothing. Find them on Etsy.
- Everything Unspoken is a shop that makes affirming pins and other cool items. Find them on Etsy.
More Amazing Advocates and Educators
- The Activistic Autistic
- Lauren Melissa Ellzey, Autienelle
- Lyric, Neurodivergent Rebel
- Brandy and Matt, The Chronic Couple
- The Punk Rock Autistic
- Nayeli, Autie.Nay
- TJ, Nigh Functioning Autism
- The Awake Project
- Autistic Professional Network
- Ronide, Anxious Black Girl Comics
- Asiatu Lawoyin
- Sheila Henson
- Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity by Devon Price
- Laziness Does Not Exist by Devon Price
- Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman
- The Explosive Child by Ross Greene
- The Neurodivergent Friendly Workbook of DBT Skills by Sonny Jane Wise
- Raising Kids with Big, Baffling Behaviors: Brain-Body-Sensory Strategies that Really Work by Robyn Gobbel
- Sensory: Life on the Spectrum: An Autistic Comics Anthology by Bex Ollerton
- Bite-Sized Autism by Dana Waters
- Wonderfully Wired Brains by Louise Gooding, illustrated by Ruth Burrows
- The Rainbow Brain by Sandhya Menon, illustrated by Kushia Ross
- A Different Sort of Normal by Abigail Balfe
- A Day with No Words by Tiffany Hammond, illustrated by Kate Cosgrove
- Speak Up! by Rebecca Burgess
- The B Team
- 2e Support Group for Non-Ableist Parents
- Parents of Twice Exceptional Children
- Twice Exceptional Adults: Being 2e, Loving 2e
- Autism Advocacy for Autistics, Families, & Providers
- Progressive Neurodivergent Parents Raising Neurodivergent Children
- Dr. Chelsia (educator) @heavyonthedr
- Satta (coach) @neurofabuloussatta
- Imani Barbarin (not ND specific, but amazing disability rights advocate) @crutches_and_spice
- OneFreeCommunity @onefreecommunity
- Joe Wells (comedian) @joewellscomic
- Connor DeWolf (creator) @connordewolfe
- Courtney Carini (coach) @courtneyadhd
- How We Feel. This is a fabulous feelings app to help spot emotional patterns over time.
- Endel: Focus, Sleep, Relax. I am still new to this one, but it has a ton of soundscapes backed by science.
- Finch: Self Care Pet. I love this app and use it every day to track self-care and it’s so cute! Add me as a friend?! My code is 9W92PCGNKD
- Plum Village: Zen Meditation. A great app with loads of mindfulness meditations and other resources from the community of Thich Nhat Hanh.
- Tiny Decisions. Spin the wheel to make a choice!
- Owaves: Wellness Day Planner. I haven’t gotten too far with this one but I think it would be great for many folks!!
- Houston: For Inner Space. This is an app for tracking microdosing, intentions, and mood.
- Impulse Brain Training. I’m still checking this one out so I can’t say much as to the accuracy of the IQ, ADHD, and other tests, but it has strong potential!!
- Hiki. I’m still on the fence about this one–it is a social platform for the Autistic community. Let me know if you’ve found other apps like this one!
- Autistic Psychedelic Community
- Neurodiversity-Affirming IEP Accommodations (paid version) from Emily Hammond of Neurowild (free version here, but please consider the paid version instead)
- More coming soon!!
You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram, where I often share resources to my feed and stories. I know there are even more incredible resources out there, so feel free to comment or send me a message with your favorites!
If you or someone you know would like to work with me on healing the trauma most of us have endured as neurodivergent people in a world built by and for neurotypicals, please get in touch with me or schedule a free consultation.
Disclaimer: While most clients find our time together therapeutic, I am not a licensed mental health care practitioner and do not provide psychotherapy or mental health treatment. During our intake process and subsequent plan we develop together, I will refer you to therapies, counseling, coaching, legal, and/or medical help as necessary.