👏🧷⏰ Stimpunks in a Minute (or less)
Stimpunks Foundation challenges the typical approach to helping people who are neurodivergent or disabled. We know what it is like to live with barriers and what it means to not fit in and have to forge our own community. Stimpunks knows that neurodivergent and disabled people have human needs. We offer a humane approach to help our community thrive.
One in four U.S. adults have a disability. However, our community receives only 2% of US grant funding, and only 19% of us are employed. We can’t just let that be the truth. We have to challenge the norm and change the narrative around people who are neurodivergent or disabled.
Stimpunks Foundation seeks to do just that with our four pillars.
⛑📚 Our Pillars 🗂🧰
Real help against the onslaught. Staying alive is a lot of work for a disabled person in an ableist society.
The place where we belong does not exist. We will build it. Anti-ableist space for passion-based, human-centered learning compatible with Neurodiversity is the diversity of human minds, the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species.NEURODIVERSITY: SOME BASIC TERMS & DEFINITIONS Neurodiversity is a biological fact. It’s not a perspective, an approach, a... More and the The social model of disability is a reaction to the dominant medical model of disability which in itself is a functional analysis of the body as machine to be fixed... More.
But, there is something sociology must do. It is our disciplinary imperative to understand societies. Just as communication studies understands forms of communication, sociology must understand the social. If we... More, neurodiversity studies, disability studies, and syncretism, in the open. Improving science by restoring the humanities.
Stay relevant in a constantly changing world. Dismantle A system that places value on people's bodies and minds based on societally constructed ideas of normality, intelligence, excellence, desirability, and productivity. These constructed ideas are deeply rooted in anti-Blackness,... More in your spaces. Enable dignity through access.
Thank you so much @stimpunks for supporting & believing in me & my artwork.
It’s okay to be you. It’s okay to be different. It’s okay to have a disability. Never give up on yourself.Jasmine Slater
Our four pillars rest on the four pillars of the ADA.
- Equal Opportunity
- Independent Living
- Full Participation
- Economic Self-Sufficiency
☂️ Our Umbrella: Are You a Stimpunk?
Disability and Neurodivergent, sometimes abbreviated as ND, means having a mind that functions in ways which diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal.”Neurodivergent is quite a broad term. Neurodivergence (the state of being... More are broad umbrellas that include many people, possibly you. The neurodivergent umbrella includes a diversity of inherent and acquired differences. Many neurodivergent people don’t know they are neurodivergent. With our website and outreach, we help people get in touch with their neurodivergent and disabled identities. We respect and encourage self-diagnosis and community diagnosis. #SelfDxIsValid, and our website can help you understand your ways of being.
If you are wondering whether you are Autistic ways of being are human neurological variants that can not be understood without the social model of disability.If you are wondering whether you are Autistic, spend time amongst Autistic people, online and offline. If... More, spend time amongst Autistic people, online and offline. If you notice you relate to these people much better than to others, if they make you feel safe, and if they understand you, you have arrived.A communal definition of Autistic ways of being
Self diagnosis is not just “valid” — it is liberatory. When we define our community ourselves and wrest our right to self-definition back from the systems that painted us as abnormal and sick, we are powerful, and free.
Though our direct aid focuses on neurodivergent and disabled people, anyone can be a Stimpunk. All neurotypes welcome. All abilities welcome. All Bodymind: A term used to challenge the idea the body and mind are experienced separately (Descartes). Written in various ways, Bodymind or Body-mind, this usage foregrounds the understanding that experiences... More welcome. Allies welcome!
To face the challenges of the future, we’ll need the problem-solving abilities of different types of minds working together.The Best Autism Books, recommended by Steve Silberman
Whether neurodivergent, disabled, or an ally, being a Stimpunk means reframing.
We center the edges in service to all bodyminds.
🫀🧠🖼 We Reframe
Challenge the norm and change the narrative by reframing.
Content note: Our website includes music, lyrics, writing, and art that address ableism, eugenics, exclusion, mental health, depression, dysphoria, Ultimately behaviorism provides a simplistic lens that can’t see beyond itself.Why is the doctrine of behaviorism still being used, at all?How can ABA be the gold-standard for autism when it... More, abuse, chronic pain, and death. There are a few swear words in quoted materials.
Also included is an outpouring of neurodivergent and disabled perspective, culture, and joy.
Ready, Punk? Rock onward!
Art and Announcements
- Stop, Hammer Time
- Get a Dose of Social Science
- Confirm Autistic Common Knowledge
- Change Your Language
- Are You Qualified?: Don’t Confuse Your Lecture with Our Life Experience
- Science Is Not Static: Reframe
- The Medical Model Is Essentially Individualist
- Shift the Discourse: Toward a Biopsychosocial Model
- Say You’re Sorry
- Check Your Gaze
- Is Your Training from the 1940s?
- Are You Really Evidence-Based?
- Are You Disregarding Harm and Profiting From Our Misery?
- Are You Feeding White Supremacist Ideology?
- Useful Research
We serve our loved people so we can keep on livin‘ through the onslaught.
Help us and join us by reading on, and reframing.
Staying alive is a lot of work for a disabled person in an ableist society…DISABILITY VISIBILITY: FIRST PERSON STORIES FROM THE 21ST CENTURY
Disability justice (and disability itself) has the potential to fundamentally transform everything we think about quality of life, purpose, work, relationships, belonging.DISABILITY VISIBILITY: FIRST-PERSON STORIES FROM THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
- ✊ Enable Dignity
- 🫀🧠🌍 Perceptual Worlds
- 🌈🤲 Quick Low Cost Things to Make a Difference for Autistic People
- 🌈♿️🎪 How to Make Your Events Accessible to the Disability Community
- 🌏🏗 Universal Design
- 🫀🧠💥 Neuroception and Sensory Load
- 🤢 In Our Own Words: The Complex Sensory Experiences of Autistic Adults
- 🎪 Sensory Environment Checklist
- 🧰 Adapting the Environment
- 🌈 Checklist for Autism-Friendly Environments
- 💬 Identity First Language: Thinking differently requires speaking differently.
- Interaction Access
- Education Access
- Healthcare Access
- We Pay, We Exist, We Believe, We Create, We Serve
- Keep on Livin’
- Let Us Be Our Real Selves
- Be Good, Be Loud
- Code of Conduct
- → Give: You to Us
- ← Give: Us to You
- 🤲 Volunteer: Load-share the Friction of Our Existence
- 🙏 All Together Now
We exist as friction. The work that we do; it’s wildly painful.
You think you know me? No, you don't know me Don't fence me in, I wanna be big I wanna be part of everyone and everything No fence around me No, you can't limit me I'm in-between, your set of rules Don't even come close to applying to me Bah! Binaries It's all make believe I wanna be part of everyone and everything --Dont' Fence Me In
We reframe to live proudly.
We reframe to be our real selves.
Disability’s no longer just a diagnosis; it’s a community.Liz Jackson: Designing for Inclusivity
We reframe to build community.
ANI launched its online list, ANI-L, in 1994. Like a specialized ecological niche, ANI-L had acted as an incubator for Autistic culture, accelerating its evolution. In 1996, a computer programmer in the Netherlands named Martijn Dekker set up a list called Independent Living on the Autistic ways of being are human neurological variants that can not be understood without the social model of disability.If you are wondering whether you are Autistic, spend time amongst Autistic people, online and offline. If... More Spectrum, or InLv. People with dyslexia, I'm not a fan of the “ADHD” label because it stands for “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,” and the terms “deficit” and “disorder” absolutely reek of the pathology paradigm. I've frequently... More, dyscalculia, and a myriad of other conditions (christened “cousins” in the early days of ANI) were also welcome to join the list. InLv was another nutrient-rich tide pool that accelerated the evolution of autistic culture. The collective ethos of InLv, said writer and list member Harvey Blume in the New York Times in 1997, was “ANI launched its online list, ANI-L, in 1994. Like a specialized ecological niche, ANI-L had acted as an incubator for Autistic culture, accelerating its evolution. In 1996, a computer programmer... More.” He was the first mainstream journalist to pick up on the significance of online communities for people with neurological differences. “The impact of the Internet on autistics,” Blume predicted, “may one day be compared in magnitude to the spread of sign language among the deaf.”The neurodiversity movement: Autism is a minority group. NeuroTribes excerpt.
We reframe to demonstrate agency.
Welcome to our nutrient-rich tide pool of like-minded misfits, with loud hands.
Reframe with us.
Stimpunks combines “stimming” + “punks” to evoke open and proud Self-stimulatory behavior, also known as stimming and self-stimulation, is the repetition of physical movements, sounds, or words, or the repetitive movement of objects Stimming - Wikipedia Autistic adults highlighted the importance of stimming as... More, resistance to neurotypicalization, and the DIY culture of punk, disabled, and neurodivergent communities. Instead of hiding our Self-stimulatory behavior, also known as stimming and self-stimulation, is the repetition of physical movements, sounds, or words, or the repetitive movement of objects Stimming - Wikipedia Autistic adults highlighted the importance of stimming as... More, we bring them to the front.
The First Rule of Punk: Be Yourself
Our Second Rule of Punk: Reframe
When we reframe, we perceive others such that they too can be themselves.
When we reframe, we stop silencing ourselves and others.
I have loud hands. I must, since I use my hands to communicate. I type what I want to say. But that’s not the only reason why I have loud hands. It is because I finally learned that I cannot be silenced, I will not be silenced.Loud Hands: I Speak Up With My Fingers
Selling yourself short tames the vision How you're depicted can change the sentence Innocent by Swamburger
When we reframe, we enable ecologies of care.
Those who are the most sensitive and traumatised and have not lost the ability to extend trust constitute an enormously rich and diverse repository of insights and hold many of the keys needed for co-creating ecologies of care.Autistic people – The cultural immune system of human societies – YouTube
Reframing purposefully centers the edges.
Because design is tested at the edges, and we are the original life hackers.
We design from the edges to co-create ecologies of care.
The most important message I got from punk, was the DIY ethos. The DIY ethic. It’s inherently part of surviving.Don Letts, SHOWstudio: Stussy – Talking Punk with Don Letts and John Ingham
Reframing is self-care and social change.
Punk rock is a living thing.
It’s about turning problems into assets.Don Letts, Rebel Dread
Learn more about us and how we reframe for care and build niche communities after some art and announcements.
👏🧷🎨 Announcement: Stimpunks + PunkFlowers
Stimpunks has allied with PunkFlowers, a neurodiverse artist coalition led by neurodivergent and disabled people. We join them in collaboration and mutual support. Between Stimpunks Foundation, Stimpunks Philanthropic LLC, and PunkFlowers, we can do some cool stuff that impacts community.
We are happy flappy about this.
Let’s Self-stimulatory behavior, also known as stimming and self-stimulation, is the repetition of physical movements, sounds, or words, or the repetitive movement of objects Stimming - Wikipedia Autistic adults highlighted the importance of stimming as... More dance in celebration.
I'm dancing on my own (dancing on my own) I make the moves up as I go (moves up as I go) And that's what they don't know, mmm-mmm That's what they don't know, mmm-mmm But I keep cruising Can't stop, won't stop grooving It's like I got this music In my mind Saying, "It's gonna be alright." Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake I shake it off, I shake it off --Shake It Off
Let’s get unapologetically, autistically wild.
Let’s bolster against stress and pass survival knowledge down.
…flamenco is in itself a ballistic activity with its own built-in reward system that can then bolster the brain against traumatic stress.
…not only can traumatic knowledge be passed down, so can bodily survival knowledge-knowledge about how to survive the debilitating effects and symptoms of PTSD.
If your “threat to life” responses are being re-associated on a regular basis with flamenco responses, slowly, like polishing stone, flamenco has the potential to be an asset for people who are working through PTSD.Because We Have To: Flamenco as Survival Strategy against Detrimental Effects of Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder
There are so many unexpected movements that live inside my body. So many different shapes and motions that never get to come out during day to day life. There’s something so liberating about being able to explore all of these things I didn’t even know lived inside me.torktorktork
Stimming is beautiful.
🎨 PunkFlowers Artist: Heike Blakley
Heike Blakley is a self-taught, emerging artist working with a wide array of mediums such as acrylic, oil, watercolor, pencil, charcoal, pastel, mixed media, pen & ink.
Also specializing in resin art, jewelry making, woodwork, clay sculptures, fabric art and poetry.
Using her creativity as a form of learning and for meditative purposes, she is determined to, “absorb as much “collective knowledge,” as she is able to grasp in one lifetime and effectively communicate understanding through art.”Home | Heike Blakley, Heike Vogt (@hblkly) • Instagram
🙌 We’re Fundraising: 20K for Community
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🎨 PunkFlowers Artist: Adriel Jeremiah
🫀 We’re Presenting: Conference to Restore Humanity
July 25 – 28, 2022
🎨 PunkFlowers Artist: Kyle Duce
Raised between the San Juan Mountains of Colorado and a small farming community in Wisconsin, Kyle gained an appreciation of the land, wildlife and the beauty of nature. Kyle grew up as a 3rd generation artist, his grandfather was an oil painter and his mother ran a stained glass business out of their home in Wisconsin. There was no shortage of art projects, outdoor activities, hunting, fishing, camping and gardening. Post college, Kyle traveled and moved back to Colorado, Seattle and now Austin. He has been living in downtown cities since college. The clash of these two timelines reflects the duality expression in most of his work. This duality can also be seen through his passion for the skate, snow, music, tattoo and architecture world.Custom Artwork | Cryptic Creative | Austin
Kyle Duce (@cryptic_creative) • Instagram photos
👏🧷 About Stimpunks
Stimpunks Foundation sponsors and employs neurodivergent and disabled creators and amplifies their work to our clients and throughout society. We exist for the direct support and mutual aid of neurodivergent and disabled people.
Our research initiative focuses on the sweet spot of digital sociology, neurodiversity studies, disability studies, and syncretism, in the open. We want to improve the scientific experience for the disabled and the neurodivergent by restoring the humanities. We want to bring voice into empirical constructs and translate voice into academic comprehension.
We also help businesses and organizations increase their knowledge and practice of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) by analyzing company practices and coaching leaders to dismantle ableism in their spaces. According to the Harvard Business Review, “There are more than one billion people worldwide – around 15% of the population – living with a disability. As workers, they can ease talent shortages and add to the organizational diversity that drives better decision-making and innovation.” Neurodiversity-friendly forms of collaboration hold the potential to transform pathologically competitive and toxic teams and cultures into highly collaborative teams and larger cultural units that work together easier and with more success.
Our additional services include digital and physical accessibility audits, sensitivity reads, and other offerings that focus on increasing DEI in the workplace. Client services are how we live our mission to employ neurodivergent and disabled people as well as how we raise capital for grantmaking.
We have to challenge the norm and change the narrative around people who are neurodivergent or disabled.
⛑📚 Our Pillars 🗂🧰
Real help against the onslaught. Staying alive is a lot of work for a disabled person in an ableist society.
The place where we belong does not exist. We will build it. Anti-ableist space for passion-based, human-centered learning compatible with neurodiversity and the social model of disability.
Digital sociology, neurodiversity studies, disability studies, and syncretism, in the open. Improving science by restoring the humanities.
Stay relevant in a constantly changing world. Dismantle ableism in your spaces. Enable dignity through access.
⏭ First Pillar: Mutual Aid
The story continues with, “⛑ Mutual Aid: Real Help Against the Onslaught”