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🌈♿️ Mutual Aid and Human-Centered Learning for Neurodivergent and Disabled People

Stimpunks is created by and for neurodivergent and disabled people. We provide mutual aid, learning opportunities, human-centered research, and living wages for our community. We presume competence, and we believe in self-determination.

We, Stimpunks

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👏🧷⏰ Stimpunks in a Minute

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Stimpunks combines “stimming” + “punks” to evoke open and proud stimming, resistance to neurotypicalization, and the DIY culture of punk, disabled, and neurodivergent communities. Instead of hiding our stims, we bring them to the front.

Everything that was normally supposed to be hidden was brought to the front.


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.

Through Stimpunks Foundation, we:

  1. Offer financial and mutual aid;
  2. Hire our community members as consultants;
  3. Provide a learning space designed for our community; and
  4. Support our community’s open research efforts.
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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 🗂🧰

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Learning Space

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.

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Open Research

Digital sociology, neurodiversity studies, disability studies, and syncretism, in the open. Improving science by restoring the humanities. We bring voice into empirical constructs and translate voice into academic comprehension.

A group of disabled queer Black folks talk and laugh at a sleepover, relaxing across two large beds. Everyone is dressed in colorful t-shirts and wearing a variety of sleep scarves, bonnets, and durags. On the left, two friends sit on one bed and paint each other’s nails. On the right, four people lounge on a bed: one person braids another’s hair while the third friend wearing a C-PAP mask laughs, and the fourth person looks up from their book. In the center, a bedside lamp illuminates the room in warm light while pill bottles adorn an end table.

Mutual Aid

Staying alive is a lot of work for a disabled person in an ableist society. We provide real help against the onslaught through mutual aid. We believe that direct support to individuals is the most effective approach to alleviating the barriers and challenges that prevent neurodivergent and disabled people from thriving.

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Creator Grants

We pay creators to create. We fund art, advocacy, research, and more. We buy space to breathe and create.

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Learn More About Our Pillars

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.

We complement mutual aid to creators with learning spaces for creators. Stimpunks Foundation serves neurodivergent and disabled people unserved by public and private schools. Via equity, access, empathy, and inclusivity, we build community learning space respectful of all types of bodyminds.

We pursue passion-based, human-centered learning compatible with neurodiversity and the social model of disability. We create paths to equity and access for our learners. We create Cavendish space of peer respite and collaborative niche construction where we can find relief from an intense world designed against us.

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.

🧭 Navigating Our Website


We use scrollytelling to tell our stories on this website. Our pages can be long, but we present the important information at the top in plain language. Scrolling down is a bonus journey. If you made it this far, you’ve got the gist of what we want to say. Scrolling further continues our story.

Encyclopedia of Disability and Difference

This site is like Wikipedia because it effectively is an encyclopedia. It’s chock full of answers and knowledge and experience on living in this world as neurodivergent and disabled people. Learn about yourself. Learn about your family. Learn about your friends, co-workers, patients, and students. We offer lots of free resources for navigating our current society and building a more inclusive society. We offer validation for thirsty souls yearning to be seen, heard, and understood. We offer words on your behalf, ones which call out to include you. We offer community and belonging.

We reframe, because we’re not broken.

The long-term well-being and empowerment of Autistics and members of other neurocognitive minority groups hinges upon our ability to create a paradigm shift – a shift from the pathology paradigm to the neurodiversity paradigm.


A Rabbit Warren of Treasure Troves

There are over six hundred and fifty pages to explore in our encyclopedia of disability and difference. We are building a global knowledge commons, at the edges. Our glossary, library, courses, and field guide are vast. Visit our site map for lists of our most popular articles and our many collections.

I am just having a night exploring Stimpunks! I can’t keep up with you, your site is just a huge rabbit warren of amazingness, I love it!

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Also, here are some mind maps with clickable/tappable nodes that take you to various places on this site.

Here’s a mind map of our pillars and philosophy.
Here’s a mind map of the themes on our website.
  • Sustainability
  • Culture and Identity
  • Place and Space
  • Continuity and Change
  • Citizenship and Social Responsibility
  • Design and Technologies
  • Social Organization
  • Creative Expression
  • Health and Wellbeing
Re-Humanizing Education: Exploring Thematic Design | SLIDE DECK (1), Exploring Thematic Design | Planning Pathway Learning Map – Google Docs

A treasure trove of articles – with a fab map to navigate their website too! I was happily lost inside there for a while & love re-visiting!

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Explore at Your Pace

We love hyperlinks and use them extensively. We consider them a kindness to the reader and a potent weapon in the fight against disinformation. Many of our links lead to our expansive glossary.

We also heavily use “accordions”. Accordions contain more in depth information on a topic that you can reveal at your own pace. As a thanks for scrolling down this far, we put some fun artwork from our community in an accordion below. Click or tap the accordion to expand it.

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“Sun Star Tapestry Beta” by Adriel Jeremiah Wool is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

I honestly don’t think I’ve learned more from anyone else. I am grateful for their generosity in curating & cultivating such an accessible range of resources. Such important work.

Nick Covington on Twitter

Content Warning

Content warning: Our website includes music, lyrics, writing, and art that address ableism, eugenics, exclusion, mental health, depression, dysphoria, behaviorism, abuse, chronic pain, chronic illness, and death. There are a few swear words in quoted materials. Also included is an outpouring of neurodivergent and disabled perspective, culture, and joy.

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“What it feels like answering my phone. “

“Mobile – Home” by Heike Blakley

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🤘 Testimonials

Testimonial from Educator Ira Socol, Co-Author of “Timeless Learning”

“Stimpunks is an essential resource for educators.”

Ira Socol, co-author of Timeless Learning

Timeless Learning” is a fundamental text of progressive pedagogy and an important part of our journey at Stimpunks. It helped us develop our notions of classroom UX, toolbelt theory, caves, campfires, and watering holes, and more.

More About Timeless Learning
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When learning is allowed to be project, problem, and passion driven, then children learn because of their terroir, not disengage in spite of it. When we recognize biodiversity in our schools as healthy, then we increase the likelihood that our ecosystems will thrive.

To be contributors to educating children to live in a world that is increasingly challenging to negotiate, schools must be ​conceptualized as ecological communities, spaces for learning with the potential to embody all of the concepts of the ecosystem – interactivity, biodiversity, connections, adaptability, succession, and balance. 

Timeless Learning: How Imagination, Observation, and Zero-Based Thinking Change Schools
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Creating paths to equity and access for all children remains the grand challenge of public education in America.

Equity provides resources so that educators can see all our children’s strengths. Access provides our children with the chance to show us who they are and what they can do. Empathy allows us to see children as children, even teens who may face all the challenges that poverty and other risk factors create. Inclusivity creates a welcoming culture of care so that no one feels outside the community.

Timeless Learning: How Imagination, Observation, and Zero-Based Thinking Change Schools

Sadly though, the social, political, and economic narrative of schooling in the past has been grounded in a “soft eugenics” belief that while some children have the capacity to become whatever they choose to be in life, others do not. This plays out in the decisions that educators make, often based on decontextualized data and confirmation biases that stem from immersion in traditions of education that did the same to us. Even if lip service is given to words such as equity, accessibility, inclusivity, empathy, cultural responsiveness, and connected relationships, schooling today is still far more likely to support practices from the past that have created school cultures in which none ​of those words define who educators really are, no matter what they aspire to be.

Consider how the “habitable world” concept developed by Rosemarie Garland‐Thomson, Emory University researcher and professor, sits at the core of the philosophy of educators who developed and now sustain the structures and processes of schooling that impact young people such as Kolion (Garland‐Thomson 2017b). Garland‐Thomson views public, political, and organizational philosophy as representative of one of “two forms of world‐building, inclusive and eugenic” (Garland‐Thomson 2017a). Unfortunately, often it’s the soft educational eugenics philosophy that is most often expressed in practice, if not in words, across the nation’s schools rather than the creation of habitable worlds that are inclusive of all learners.

If we want our schools to be learning ​spaces that reveal the strengths of children to us, we have to create a bandwidth of opportunities that do so. That means making decisions differently, decisions driven from values that support equity, accessibility, inclusivity, empathy, cultural responsiveness, and connected relationships inside the ecosystem. Those are the words representative of habitable worlds, not words such as sort, select, remediate, suspend, or fail.

Timeless Learning: How Imagination, Observation, and Zero-Based Thinking Change Schools

Testimonial from Human Restoration Project

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“Stimpunks is a creative, thriving community that is vital to connecting and learning. We must critically examine our classrooms to build neurodiversity-friendly spaces. Stimpunks gives us the tools to do so.”

Human Restoration Project

Neurodiversity is one of the most powerful ideas of our generation. Human Restoration Project understands the importance of neurodiversity and disability in an era of mass behaviorism and unvarnished eugenics. They are true allies in the fight for the right to live and learn differently.

HRP’s vision for human-centered education is compatible with neurodiversity, the social model of disability, and human dignity. They understand that sharing power fosters self-determination, something dearly important to our community of neurodivergent and disabled people.

Human Restoration Project
The future needs you.

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A Celebration of the Wonderous Joy of Childhood Imagination and the Power of Play
Artist: Farimah Khavarii
More About Human Restoration Project
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Human Restoration Project is informingguiding, and growing a movement toward a progressive, human-centered education system. We are bringing together a network of radical educators who are transforming classrooms across the world.

About Human Restoration Project

At Stimpunks, we choose the margin, because design is tested at the edges. HRP likewise designs for those of us at the margins. That’s because they have joined us at the edges. They show up. They listen. They integrate. They practice good allyship.

This is exemplified throughout their work, including the implementation of the Conference to Restore Humanity, a conference model for the future compatible with us Stimpunks like no other. No one else includes us like HRP.

Conference to Restore Humanity! is an annual, designed-for-virtual conference centering progressive education, social justice, and preserving the humanity of classrooms. We strive to bring together the radicals reimagining their classroom spaces and demanding for a just future.

Conference to Restore Humanity

Reframing is a big part of our advocacy. Reframing ourselves and others is hard and important work necessary to all other work.

“The long-term well-being and empowerment of Autistics and members of other neurocognitive minority groups hinges upon our ability to create a paradigm shift – a shift from the pathology paradigm to the neurodiversity paradigm.”

Dr. Nick Walker

HRP helps create this paradigm shift with their handbooks and why sheets. HRP’s materials help us reframe people as we journey through our systems.

Finding HRP was like finding an oasis. They understand, and they help.

100 Seconds to Midnight: The Need for a Human-Centered Education

Testimonial from Author Kristina Brooke Daniele

Stimpunks Creator Badge

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I am honored to be a recipient of the Stimpunks Creator Grant paid to #neurodivergent and #disabled #creators in support of their work. This grant is a big deal for me and my family as it helps create a space where I can focus on my writing without worry for the next few months. I am so grateful to the organization for providing a light in the midst of darkness! If you want to learn more about Stimpunks, you can check out the website here: https://stimpunks.org/pillars/

Kristina Brooke Daniele, author of “Civil Rights Then & Now

Civil Rights Then and Now: A Timeline of the Fight for Equality in America doubles as a Civil Rights Movement guide and Black history book for kids. It’s a tool for resourceful parents and educators who aim to engage youth on topics of racism, discrimination, social justice, and prejudice from a historical perspective to the modern present day.

Inside, you’ll find:

  • Vocabulary lists suitable for developing minds
  • Questions to promote healthy discussion
  • Essay and journal prompts with processing concepts and topics

Buy from a local independent bookstore or save 30% at Mango.bz

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More About Kristina Brooke Daniele
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Kristina Brooke Daniele is a Black, queer, neurodivergent homeschooling mom, educator, wife, and author of two books, (Civil Rights Then and Now and i wandered, lost: poems). Kristina has worked as an educator in some capacity for over 15 years- first as a classroom teacher, then as a homeschooling teacher, and currently, as an education consultant. She is passionate about collaborative projects centering on creating and maintaining safe-spaces for those who have for too long been pushed aside. During her time at Automattic, Kristina spearheaded the creation of the Employee Resource Group, Cocoamattic for Black employees at the company.

Kristina enjoys reading speculative fiction, write tales of romance, build homes and design apartments in The Sims 4, peacefully commune with ancient lands in Age of Empires, dabble in various arts and crafts, and spend time with her family.

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Testimonial from Creator Jesse Mercury

Receiving a Stimpunks creator grant has been life changing. It has ensured the continued creation of the Major Pain podcast for many months, while giving me some flexibility to experiment with advertising the podcast for the first time. It has also been an incredibly validating vote of confidence for this project, which I am deeply passionate about continuing. After years of being unable to work consistently due to my chronic illness, it is easy to feel like my value and contribution to society are diminished. Connecting with the Stimpunks and receiving this grant makes me feel the exact opposite, that this project has a value I am just beginning to explore.

Jesse Mercury
Major Pain: A podcast about chronics illness and disability

The Major Pain podcast is a collection of interviews from people living with chronic illness and disability. Our goal is to spread awareness, empathy and community around experiences often lived in isolation. Through sharing these stories important themes have become increasingly apparent, including the dangers of medical gaslighting, the importance of self-advocacy and the fact that none of us are in this alone.

Major Pain: A Podcast About Chronic Illness and Disability

If you are neurodivergent or disabled and you’re struggling to get by, you’ve gotta check out the Stimpunks Foundation.

Jesse Mercury

We exist for the direct support and mutual aid of neurodivergent and disabled people. Direct supporting includes just giving you cash. That’s one of the best things you can do to help someone. Just give them some money to make their own decisions to make their life what they need it to be.

We try to reduce the administrative burden that is heaped upon people in our systems. It is ridiculous to get aid almost anywhere. We make our application process as neurodivergent and disabled friendly as you can.

That’s what we’re mainly about.

Ryan Boren, Co-founder and Creative Director of Stimpunks Foundation
More About Jesse Mercury and Major Pain
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Major Pain is created by Jesse Mercury, a content creator with a long history of undiagnosed illness. His podcasting career started in 2015 on a show called SciFi with Jesse Mercury, which evolved into Space Nerds before being put to rest. As Jesse’s health declined he switched gears to launch the Major Pain podcast in 2021, seeking to find community around his health challenges. In 2023 he finally uncovered the mystery driving his long illness when he was diagnosed with mast cell activation syndrome and small fiber neuropathy, made possible in large part by what he learned from hosting Major Pain. He is now seeing improvement in his health for the first time in years, as he learns to integrate his diagnoses into his life.

Major Pain: A Podcast About Chronic Illness and Disability

Testimonial from Artist Adriel Jeremiah Wool

Stimpunks is gently debugging society.

The charity protects, helps and comforts individuals, while pointing out library-level flaws in some of the concepts that end up harming those individuals.

This help is profoundly wonderful, morally and functionally coherent to great need, and as true as a pure circle in its cause-and-effect form.

Adriel Jeremiah Wool
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“Artistrian homunculus” by Adriel Jeremiah Wool is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Stimpunks has put the fingernail into the orange-peel of the rigid world. It leaves a crescent 🌙 that others can use to help peel away those dangerous layers of as-of-yet-unmade change.

Adriel Jeremiah Wool

Testimonials from Grantees

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

If y’all care about me, read what @stimpunks is saying.

Liana McCrea

Huge thank you to @stimpunks for this generator so if we lose power, the oxygen concentrator can still run! I can’t thank you enough!!

Karrie Higgins
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Artist: Jasmine Slater
I want to say thank you and tell you you made a big difference in someone’s life today. I can’t stop crying. I’ve never felt understood or seen like this before. I’m desperately looking for community, perspective, support, tools to survive and feel backed into a corner.

I’m honestly in tears right now because of you guys.

Thank you so, so much for caring about my family. Thank you for sharing your kindness & support.

I want to say thank you and tell you you made a big difference in someone’s life today. I can’t stop crying. I’ve never felt understood or seen like this before. I’m desperately looking for community, perspective, support, tools to survive and feel backed into a corner.

Thank you for reaching out! I’m doing well – thanks to your generosity as well as some other donations I was fortunate to receive, I was able to trade my car for a van and order a lift for the wheelchair! The lift won’t be here until the end of March, but I’m SO excited to finally be free to use my wheelchair out in the world! Thank you SO much for your donation!!

Oh my gosh, thank you SO MUCH! This is truly amazing!

Extremely blessed to be able to get my procedure and medication. Huge thank you to @stimpunks. I’m honestly in tears, thank you guys so much.

Thank you so much. This is exactly what I needed right when I needed it. Y’all are heros. I appreciate your help.

Thank you all so very much! This is a very beautiful thing your team is doing and gives me hope for our society.

Deeply appreciative of this and all of you at Stimpunks, thank you so much! This is an extremely impactful relief.

Again, thank you so much for everything you’ve provided. Stimpunks is doing wonderful work. Our needs may be great, but our gratitude when we receive what we need is even greater. 💕

It shocked me, humbled me, and made me wonder how you were able to do what you did for me!

I can’t believe how incredible y’all are. I’m in tears. This is the biggest thing that’s ever happened to me like this.

My partner told me about you and when I saw your mission page I cried for like an hour because it resonated so strongly.

Thank you so much for the support. I truly appreciate it! It’s really nice to connect with others who “get it” too!

Thank you so deeply for your help and for your care of others.

Thank you so much for reaching out and I cannot express how grateful I am to have been selected! This is going to be a massive weight lifted off my shoulders!

You made someone struggling alone feel a little better and less lonely today.

☂️ Our Umbrella: Are You a Stimpunk?

A purple umbrella labelled “Neurodivergent Umbrella”*

Beneath the umbrella, in colourful text on a black background, it lists:

Sensory Processing
Tic Disorders
Down Syndrome
* non-exhaustive list
Image Credit: Sonny Jane Wise (@livedexperienceeducator)
About the Neurodivergent Umbrella

Friendly reminder that neurodivergent is an umbrella term that is inclusive and not exclusive – this means mental illnesses are considered neurodivergent.

A few things: ⁣

Neurodivergent is an umbrella term for anyone who has a mind or brain that diverges from what is seen as typical or normal. ⁣

Neurodivergent is a term created by Kassiane Asasumasu, a biracial, multiply neurodivergent activist. Neurodiversity is a different term created by Judy Singer, an autistic sociologist.⁣

Neurodivergent doesn’t just refer to neurological conditions, this is an inaccurate idea based on the prefix of neuro.⁣

Identifying as neurodivergent is up to the individual and we don’t gatekeep or enforce the term. ⁣

Sonny Jane Wise (@livedexperienceeducator)
  • ADHD
  • DID & OSDD
  • ASPD 
  • BPD
  • NPD
  • Dyslexia 
  • Dyspraxia 
  • Sensory Processing 
  • Dyscalculia 
  • PTSD
  • Dysgraphia
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Stuttering & Cluttering
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Personality Disorders/Conditions
  • Bipolar
  • Autism
  • Epilepsy 
  • OCD
  • ABI
  • Tic Disorders 
  • Schizophrenia 
  • Misophonia 
  • HPD
  • Down Syndrome 
  • Synesthesia
  • Panic Disorders/Conditions
  • Developmental Language Disorder/Condition
  • Developmental Co-ordination Disorder/Condition

Non-exhaustive list

Disability and neurodivergence are broad umbrellas that include many people, possibly you. The neurodivergent umbrella includes a diversity of inherent and acquired differences and spiky profiles. 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/self-identification and community diagnosis. #SelfDxIsValid, and our website can help you understand your ways of being.

If you are wondering whether you are Autistic, 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.

Requiring diagnosis was counter to trans liberation and acceptance. The exact same is true of Autism.

Dr. Devon Price

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.

Dr. Devon Price

Though our direct aid focuses on neurodivergent and disabled people, anyone can be a Stimpunk. All neurotypes welcome. All abilities welcome. All bodyminds welcome. Allies welcome! It is time to celebrate our interdependence!

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It is time to celebrate our interdependence!

“Interdependence” by Heike Blakley is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

The notion of disability in our society is underscored by a bizarre conception of “independence”.

It is time to celebrate our interdependence!

Collaboration allows us to create genuinely safe spaces for autistic and otherwise neurodivergent people.

The Myth of Independence: How The Social Model of Disability Exposes Society’s Double Standards » NeuroClastic

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
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“What makes us different, makes all the difference in the world.” —Randimals

Hamlion says, “To face the challenges of the future, we’ll need the problem-solving abilities of different types of minds working together.”
Pluralism is our reality.
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Image source: MetaArXiv Preprints | Bridging Neurodiversity and Open Scholarship: How Shared Values Can Guide Best Practices for Research Integrity, Social Justice, and Principled Education; License: CC-By Attribution 4.0 International
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“Neurodivergent” by Adriel Jeremiah Wool is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

I intended to represent ND as I made it. I wanted the colors to be the illuminates of the greater intricate whole crystal. I wanted to make something beautiful and detailed with the colors representing myself, and you, and all the people who would want to be those colored sections. Even though the homogeneous black sections are the majority, they are not the entire body. The entire bodymind includes us, with our wounds, our flaws and our sometimes uncharacterizable spiky profiles.

Adriel Jeremiah Wool

Do you know why we have the sunflowers?

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“Sunflowers” by Betsy Selvam is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0

Do you know why we have the sunflowers? It’s not because Vincent van Gogh suffered. It’s because Vincent van Gogh had a brother who loved him. Through all the pain, he had a tether, a connection to the world. And that is the focus of the story we need. Connection.

Hannah Gadsby: Nanette
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Sunflowers (F453)
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Sunflowers (F454)
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Sunflowers (F459)

Love Is Everything (revisited)” by The Eddie Ray Band, featuring nonspeaking and minimally speaking singers, brings the feels and invites singing along, together.

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The Eddie Ray Band in 2023
Love Is Everything (revisited) by The Eddie Ray Band
Love Is Everything (revisited) Lyrics
Yeah, Uh, Eddie Ray Band

Ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo
Ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo

Love is hugs, caring and sharing
Love makes me feel happy
Love takes a cloudy day
And makes it a sunny day
Love is everything

It’s the sun in the sky
And the birds in the trees
Mama and I
And the ground beneath my feet
Love is everything
Ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo
Love is everything
Ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo
Love is everything

Well I can tell you this
Love is much more than
Just a kiss it’s more to me
Love takes a heavy heart
And makes it light again
Love is everything

It’s the sun in the sky
And the birds in the trees
Mama and I
And the ground beneath my feet
Love is everything
Ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo
Love is everything
Ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo
Love is everything
Printed lyrics with handwritten musical notation

Whether neurodivergent, disabled, or an ally, being a Stimpunk means reframing.

We center the edges in service to all bodyminds.

Join us!

🫀🧠🖼 We Reframe

Abstract algorithmic art where a butterfly is made out of butterflies
“Emergence Papilio” by Adriel Jeremiah Wool is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Challenge the norm and change the narrative by reframing.

Reframe these states of being that have been labelled deficiencies or pathologies as human differences.

Normal Sucks: Author Jonathan Mooney on How Schools Fail Kids with Learning Differences
Hey girlfriend
I got a proposition, goes something like this
Dare ya to do what you want
Dare ya to be who you will
Dare ya to cry right out loud
"You get so emotional, baby"

Double dare ya, double dare ya

Double Dare Ya by Bikini Kill

Rights, rights? You do have rights!

Double Dare Ya by Bikini Kill
We’re going to rewrite the narratives.

We have protests to stage, driven by the fuel of our righteous anger. We have speeches to make, written from the soaring pleas of our individual and collective trauma, and our wildest dreams of joy and freedom and love. We have cultural narratives to rewrite because they really do hate us and they really will kill us, and if we’re going to rewrite the narratives, then there’s no reason to hold ourselves back from our most radical and defiant rewritings. We have autistic children who need us to support them as architects of their own liberation against the schools and clinicians and institutions and police and prosecutors who would crush and destroy them.

We’re going to need our anger and our public celebrations of stimming and our complicated, imperfect, messy selves for this long and hard road, because we need all of us, and all of our tactics and strategies, to keep a movement going and ultimately, to win.

Autistic Hoya — A blog by Lydia X. Z. Brown: The neurodiversity movements needs its shoes off, and fists up.
Ordinary tried to fix me
I was a threat to a page in history
Miss me with the treatment, doo-wop bleaching
Straighten my kinky with a new pop legion (That's right)

It's just me and my MPC
Questing out to meet my tribe unique
Keep it funky for the followers eager to speak
The same dialect is on when we greet in the street, fam
Why would my sound be tampered?
Or better yet, watered down and then pampered?
Cater to who, I influence the standard
Check it… we 'bout to change some manners

Talent by Swamburger and Scarlet Monk of Mugs and Pockets

Reframe with Us

Not having the vocabulary to understand yourself and your loved ones is a tragedy. Our story of reframing continues via the “Continue” button at the bottom of each page in the journey.

Next on our journey: “Reframe Disability and Difference: We’re Going to Rewrite the Narratives

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