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Here's the Latest from Stimpunks

January was a very busy month at Stimpunks. In addition to the usual mutual aid work and education programming, we helped put on “Metal Health Fest”. The photos came out great.

We also started doing weekly changelogs.

Changelog: Updated and New on for Calendar Week 5, February 2023

“Metal Health Fest” was a joyful success. Check out the photos. Also, 1 new blog post.1 updated blog post.1 new page.1 updated page.5 new Field Guide pages.6 new glossary entries.6 updated glossary entries. New blog posts Updated blog posts New pages Updated pages New Field Guide pages New glossary entries …
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Changelog: Updated and New on for Calendar Week 4, January 2023

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Metal Health Fest was a joyful success. Thanks to all who came out. Meanwhile, on our website: 2 new blog posts.3 updated Field Guide pages.1 new glossary entry.6 updated glossary entries. New blog posts Updated Field Guide Pages New glossary entries Updated glossary entries

Cognitive Net: Checklists, Index Cards, Ivy Lee, and the Leverage of Simple Interventions

A checklist of 6 - 10 items on an index card, created daily, can be powerful and accessible coping for interest-based operating systems. Table of ContentsChecklistsAnalogIvy LeeInterest-Based vs. Importance-BasedPoint of PerformanceTie It To Ya Checklists We love lists and checklists. Checklists are simple interventions with lots of leverage. All the examples, I noticed, had a few attributes in common: …
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Changelog: Updated and New on for Calendar Week 3, January 2023

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This week was spent updating our access Field Guide in preparation for Metal Health Fest and designing and printing our own interaction badges. 3 new blog posts.2 new pages.3 new Field Guide pages.3 updated Field Guide pages.1 new glossary entry.2 updated glossary entries. New blog posts New pages New Field Guide pages …

Neurodiversity and Disability Related Passages from “Trust Kids!: Stories on Youth Autonomy and Confronting Adult Supremacy”

Over in the Human Restoration Project Discord community, we’re about to start our next book club selection: “Trust Kids!: Stories on Youth Autonomy and Confronting Adult Supremacy” I was happy to see some great neurodiversity and disability related passages in the book, excerpted below. Yet the frequently uttered message “you are not broken” is more often than not an erasure …
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We Use Interaction Badges at Our Events

We Use Interaction Badges at Our Events
At our events, we use interaction badges. Come Talk To Me A person wearing a green badge is actively seeking interaction. They may have trouble initiating conversations, but it's okay to come up and start a conversation with them. A white circle on a green background with the word “GREEN” beneath. Do I Know You? A person wearing a yellow …

Changelog: Updated and New on for Calendar Week 2, January 2023

This week on 1 new event. 1 new blog post. 2 new pages. 1 updated page. 4 new glossary entries. 1 updated glossary entry. 6 new Field Guide pages. New Events New blog posts New pages Updated pages New glossary entries Updated glossary entries New Field Guide Pages …
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Changelog: Updated and New on for Calendar Week 1, January 2023

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We continuously update our site with the latest research and community writing. This week: 2 new blog posts. 6 updated pages. 17 updated glossary entries. 9 new glossary entries. New blog posts Updated Pages Updated glossary entries …

Neurodiversity in the Classroom

Neurodiversity is an equity imperative and is critical in shifting the culture of teaching and learning.

We offer several series and courses on neurodiversity in the classroom. This is what our community of neurodivergent and disabled people wants to say to educators. This is 100s of hours of free and open professional development, deeply and broadly sourced. Learn how to better treat and teach our loved people.
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Use Voice Control on iOS or iPadOS

How to turn on Voice Control Go to Settings and select Accessibility. Select Voice Control, then select Set up Voice Control. A download will begin in the background. When the download is complete, a microphone  will appear in the status bar of your device that indicates that Voice Control is listening or not listening. How to use Voice Control Follow the …
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Use Voice Control on macOS

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How to turn on Voice Control Requires macOS Catalina 10.15 or later Choose Apple menu  > System Settings (or System Preferences). Click Accessibility. In Accessibility settings, click Voice Control. Turn on Voice Control. If you're turning on Voice Control for the first time, your Mac might complete a one-time download from Apple.* When Voice Control is enabled, you see an …

Enable Spoken Content on macOS

Enable Hover Text Enable "Hover Text" in Zoom preferences. Click the info button next to Hover Text and select an "Activation modifier". The default is Command. In the screenshot below, the modifier has been changed to Control. To test, hold down your action modifier and move the mouse. The text under the mouse should magnify. Enable Speak Item Under the …
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Here are some legalities we have to attend to at and around events. See also FAQ: Holding Events as a Nonprofit Table of ContentsLicensing ArtHiring and W-9sInsurance, Liability, Safety Licensing Art If you want to reproduce, republish, or reprint creative work, you must seek written permission—this includes posting photos to your social media accounts.Reprinted with permission: Requesting permission to reproduce …
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Metal Health Fest Photos

Metal Health Fest Photos
Stimpunks Foundation and Vancerts hosted a Metal Health Fest at JNL Barbecue in Austin, TX on January 29th from 4:00 - 9:00PM. The theme of the event was bolstering mental health through the bodily survival knowledge of group stim dancing. It was a joyful face melting. Here are some photos from Corey Layne Photography. Corey has style with itAnonymous …

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JNL Barbecue

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JNL Barbecue is located at 2027 E. Cesar Chavez St. Table of ContentsDoors/EntrancesParkingBathroomsCaves, Campfires, and Watering Holes: Access to Quiet Space and Outdoor SpaceSensoryFood/DrinkAirHabits/MedsCognitive/ Communication Doors/Entrances There are 3 total doorways to access the inside of the store. On the left side (if you are facing the front of the building), there are two double doors that in total are …

Access Survey

Survey the venue using this access survey from ATX Go. INTRODUCTION: This survey was developed for an Art Spark Texas grant project funded by the City of Austin Cultural Contract Office. The purpose of the grant project is to design and develop an online cultural guide to Austin’s cultural arts facilities. This survey will have information useful to everyone with the emphasis …
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FAQ: Holding Events as a Nonprofit

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As a nonprofit, Stimpunks has some operating constraints. Here are questions we posed to our consultants and the answers. Table of ContentsHow do you operationalize an event?What do we do on the backend? Do we need invoices?How do we promote the event?Prep and day of event?Getting donations at the event, are there any restrictions here?Goals, targets, metrics?Can donated funds be …


Thank you to our donors, volunteers, and supporters.
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Air Quality

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Here’s “a plain language, step-by-step guide outlining how community spaces can use indoor air quality measures to help reduce transmission of COVID-19.” Improvements to indoor air quality can help limit transmission of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases. We’re working with researchers with expertise in engineering, indoor air quality, epidemiology, public health and knowledge translation to help share practical information about …

Metal Health Fest: Let’s bolster against stress and pass down bodily survival knowledge.

Stimpunks Foundation and Vancerts hosted a Metal Health Fest at JNL Barbecue in Austin, TX on January 29th from 4:00 - 9:00PM. The theme of the event was bolstering mental health through the bodily survival knowledge of group stim dancing. The event was a joyful face melting. Photos are here. 29thJanuary2023Metal Health FestLet’s bolster against stress and pass down …
Vancerts Metal Health Fest Monte Luna Scorpion Child Castle Club Sunday January 29th 2023 4:00PM - 9:00PM 2027 E. Cesar Chavez St. Stimpunks JNL Barbecue


The Bobby Lees performing live on stage with the lead singer captured mid head swing with hair flying.
The Bobby Lees performing live on stage with the lead singer captured mid head swing with hair flying. Image Credit: Kyle Duce Upcoming Events Nothing scheduled. Past Events January 29th, 2023: Metal Health Fest Stimpunks Foundation and Vancerts hosted a Metal Health Fest in Austin, TX on January 29th from 4:00 - 9:00PM. 29thJanuary2023Metal Health FestLet’s bolster against stress and …


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Packing List

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First aid bin (packed per First Aid checklist) Refrigerated cooler (packed per Food & Water checklist) Pantry cooler (packed per Food & Water checklist) Two extra coolers for artist support Water bin Swag and Badge bin Interaction badges Staff badges Extra badge clips and red and black lanyards Business cards Art cards Zines Giveaways Cash box Cash Signs Interaction badge …

Perceptual Worlds and Sensory Trauma

Understanding the sensing and perceptual world of autistic people is central to understanding autism. Considering and meeting the sensory needs of autistic people in housing | Local Government Association Understanding the sensing and perceptual world of autistic people is central to understanding autism. Everyone has eight sensing systems: the first five being the familiar sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. …
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First Aid

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Stop the Bleed Stop the bleed. Take the online training course. save_a_life_flowchartDownload stb-posterDownload Trauma First Aid Kit We bring an Active Carry Technologies Ranger Kit to events that includes everything needed to stop the bleed. Contents: 1x cordura nylon EMT pouch 8"x 6"x "3.5 w/ ACT Logo PVC Patch Active Carry Ouch-Pouch (full contents: 1 pack antihistamine, ibuprofen, antidiaharreal, 1Derma-safe …

Event Access Guide

The accommodations for natural human variation should be mutual.@LAURENANCONA House shows always present accessibility challenges because so little housing stock is truly accessible. Yet, house shows are where DIY scenes happen. They are where we build public space from private space. For our shows, we strive to ensure wheelchair users (and everyone else) can: piss, shit, eat, drink, sit down, and access …
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Food & Water

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Disposable 6 to 8 oz. Cups Cold Water Cold Sports Drinks Cold Orange Slices Cold Watermelon Slices Cold Fruit Cups Whole Bananas Chocolate Milk Assorted Protein Bars Cold Pickle Spears Snack Packs Of: Nuts Chips Crackers, etc. Cheese Sticks “Feel Good Food” Rice Krispy Treats Cupcakes Peanut butter topped Oreos (what!!?) Pizza!


Our "Mosh Covenant" and "Contributor Covenant" apply at our events.
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Events Guide

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When the Stimpunks community helps put on a show, we do so in the spirit of collaboration and iteration. We want to be a helping hand, not a wagging finger, as artists and venues help us build more inclusive and accessible events and spaces, as a community. House shows always present accessibility challenges because so little housing stock is truly …

The Cult of Compliance and the Policing of the Norm

If my children are autistic or mentally ill or both, I don’t want them to grow up in a world where their humanity is questioned every single day, or where police brutality based on their disability status could end their lives.All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism There are many problems with policing in the United States. …
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I am nonspeaking. I am not nonverbal. In fact, I am highly verbal. I don’t use my body’s voice—my vocal chords—as my primary way of communicating. I think I will learn to talk, but I use other means to communicate because at this point it’s not easy for people to understand what I’m saying. I might look “dumb,” but I’m …
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Alternative and Augmentative Communication

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AAC Systems are methods of communication used to supplement or replace spoken or written language. A speech generating device (an AAC system with voice output), will have vocabulary organized to help the individual communicate. The vocabulary system might include words, phrases, sentences, keyboards or a combination of all of these. The words that make up AAC have special meaning. Augmentative means …

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, also known as CBT, is a psychological intervention that helps an individual recognize and understand the impact of their thoughts and feelings on their behaviors. CBT may be used alone or together with other therapies to deal with a mental health condition. What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? – Mental Health Center Kids The CBT triangle, also called …
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“Participants associated puzzle pieces with imperfection, incompletion, uncertainty, difficulty, the state of being unsolved, and, most poignantly, being missing,” “If an organization’s intention for using puzzle-piece imagery is to evoke negative associations, our results suggest the organization’s use of puzzle-piece imagery is apt,” the study authors wrote. “However, if the organization’s intention is to evoke positive associations, our results suggest …


The point of being prepared, as an individual, is that you’re better situated to help your community.We’re All Preppers Now | Live Like the World is Dying Prepping has a bad name, for good reason. Prepping has such a bad name that I don’t always call what I do prepping. Most of what is labeled prepping is this individualist mentality—what …
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Executive Function

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Executive functionThe psychological ability to get things done.Autistic Glossary – AMASE Executive Function (n) is a set of cognitive processes that help us self-regulate so we can effectively plan, prioritize, and sustain effort toward our goals. Executive function is kind of like, the CEO of the brain. It helps us go from wanting to do a thing to actually getting …

Self-Injurious Stimming

CW: Self-injurious stims involving skin, hair, and knives My self-injurious stims: Trichtillomania - hair-pulling Dermatillomania - skin-picking, particularly but not exclusively the scalp Exfoliating my hands with pocket knives My scalp takes the brunt of my stimming. I pull my hair and dig bloody furrows with my fingernails. Periods of my life were marked by sores on my forehead …
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Tone Indicators

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Tone indicators are shorthand for words used to convey tone, which the Cambridge Dictionary defines as "a quality in the voice that expresses the speaker's feelings or thoughts". The tone of someone's voice can be joking, or serious; it can be teasing, or threatening. It can be negative, positive, or neutral. It can be sexually suggestive, or entirely friendly. Tone can do …

Why Sheets

Some years ago, therefore, I hatched the idea of supporting such educators by convening a brain trust of leading theorists, researchers, and practitioners to create – and then disseminate – concise defenses of various features of progressive education. I imagined a set of handouts, each consisting of a single (double-sided) sheet that responded to a common question. The idea was …


In essence, the open Web, while not free from governmental and commercial pressures, is about as free from such pressures as a major component of modern capitalist society can be. And indeed it is this decentralized organizational model, coupled with heavy reliance on volunteer labor, that invites the model of stewardship I commended earlier in this essay. No one owns …
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Sensory Trauma

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Sensory Trauma is the name Autism Wellbeing has given to a phenomenon that autistic people have long been describing in our words and actions. The events we experience as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening may not necessarily be the extreme events typically associated with trauma. Sensory Trauma may arise from everyday activities such as taking a shower or …

Employee Resource Group

The traditional definition of an ERG is an "employer-recognized group of employees who share the concerns of a common race, gender, national origin or sexual orientation--characteristics protected in some instances by law and in many organizations as matter of company policy."Leadership Training Institute 2020 | Dominique Hollins Dig into project-based learning, self-directed learning, and voice and choice, and you’ll find …
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Invisible Disability

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...every disability has invisible components.Invisible - Documentary about 6 disabled women activists (audio described and closed captioned) - YouTube Note: The following was written by Ryan in 2017. Ryan now uses a power wheelchair. It's 9am, and I'm still in bed. I've been uncomfortably conscious for hours thinking about how I will spend my spoons. Gravity pulls like a sickness. …


Evidence-based practice is the process of identifying the best available evidence to make decisions about practices that should be deployed to support individuals in a given population (McKibbon, 1998, see Vivanti, 2022, for a review in relation to autism). Practices that meet a predefined set of evidentiary criteria are labeled “evidence-based practices” (EBPs1), to promote their adoption by service providers. A …
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Transformative Justice

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transformative justice—justice practices that go all the way to the root of the problem and generate solutions and healing there, such that the conditions that create injustice are transformed.Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds Transformative Justice: Acknowledges the reality of state harm. Looks for alternative ways to address/interrupt harm, which do not rely on the state. Relies on organic, creative …


This acronym refers to Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic societies. Most research is conducted on, and conducted by, relatively homogeneous samples from WEIRD societies. This limits the generalizability of a large number of research findings, particularly given that WEIRD people are often psychological outliers. It has been argued that “WEIRD psychology ” started to evolve culturally as a result …


hey you know how when you have #ADHD sometimes your thoughts are all swirly and you just keep chewing on the same thought over and over and you can't stop thinking about it and it's distracting you and sometimes even putting you in a really bad mood or making you irritable? my friend, you are RUMINATING let's talk about rumination …
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Entering flow states - or attention tunnels - is a necessary coping strategy for many of us.Fergus Murray People need to feel appreciated and safe, to give themselves to an activity; and they need to feel like they are making progress to keep giving themselves to it. To get into The Zone, you need to know you're getting somewhere, that …


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.You can pursue formal diagnosis if you want, for legal protection and educational access. It will never be what makes you Autistic. If …
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We can joke fondly about it now, but my forty-two-consecutive-month campaign against a full night’s sleep nearly broke my parents. They managed to hone hour-of-the-wolf parenting into a fine art by the end of this waking nightmare. They took shifts with me. Sometimes they’d take me down to the living room, set up camp in front of the TV and …

Body Scan

HERE, THEN, is a reason to hone our interoceptive sense: people who are more aware of their bodily sensations are better able to make use of their non-conscious knowledge. Mindfulness meditation is one way of enhancing such awareness. The practice has been found to increase sensitivity to internal signals, and even to alter the size and activity of that key …
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