Welcome Aboard: Start Here

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Thanks for offering to help us out!

We can start building more accessible, care-centered communities now. We can combat ableism now. We can lay the groundwork for a world that works better for all of us.

Putting care—not just care work, but care—at the center of our economy, our politics, is to orient ourselves around our interdependence.

We use prosocial principles to build community on trusted relationships and a strong understanding of purpose. Our induction and on-boarding process happens over weeks and months of working with and getting to know each other. This way we develop mutual understanding and values fit.

Our values are expressed all over our website, particularly in our “love and care” collection, which we ask all volunteers to read.

Let’s organize our lives around love and care.


We exist for the direct support and mutual aid of neurodivergent and disabled people.

We serve our loved people so we can keep on living through the onslaught.


I center the marginalized and the different. I center edge cases, because edge cases are stress cases and design is tested at the edges. I center neurodivergent and disabled experience in service to all bodyminds.

A disembodied arm with blue skin and a self-care tattoo flashes the sign of the horns


We pledge to act and interact in ways that contribute to an open, welcoming, diverse, inclusive, and healthy community.

Two human side silhouette positioned Face to face overlaid with various semi-transparent line connected circular (network node) shapes.


We steer by these acquired phrases. They are compasses and stars that align us on our mission.

Rainbow woven cloth evoking our diversity and interdependence


It is time to celebrate our interdependence. Interdependence acknowledges that our survival is bound up together, that we are interconnected and what you do impacts others. Interdependence is the only way out of most of the most pressing issues we face today.

The many forms of difference. Adaptive Behavior Assessment (ABAS-3), Adult ADHD Self-report Scale (ASRS-v1.1), and Behavior Rating Inventory Executive Function (BRIEF 2) forms spread across a wooden table


Our designs, our societies, and the boundaries of our compassion are tested at the edges, where the truths told are of bias, inequality, injustice, and thoughtlessness.

Let's organize our lives around love and care
Let's write each other letters and call it prayer
Let's congregate in the place that isn't anywhere
At the temple of broken dreams

First, the Watercooler

We use Element.io for team chat. We have our own server and space. We start by inviting you into our Watercooler room and into the team room related to your volunteer work. All Stimpunks agree to abide by our contributor covenant while in Stimpunks Space.

Next Steps:

Minors and their families have the option of getting Element/Matrix accounts on our private server. In these situations, we will create the account for you and send you log in credentials.

Next Steps for minors/families (do not follow these steps if you did the steps above):

  • Consult the field guide page for Element.io.
  • Log in at https://stimpunks.ems.host with the username and password sent to you.
  • Accept the invites to the Rooms that are waiting for you.
  • When logging in to the Element app, you must specify the host as stimpunks.ems.host or use “@username:stimpunks.ems.host” where username is the username you were sent.

Further Access

After working together for awhile, you gain access to all of our rooms except a few kept limited due to legal and privacy reasons. We’ll also onboard you into other parts of our software stack depending on your role.


Thanks for being part of our community and competency network.

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