Different

Randimals arranged in two rows. The top row shows the plush Randimals. The bottom row shows the hard toy Randimals.

Our friends and allies at Randimals have a saying,

What makes us different, makes all the difference in the world.

Randimals

We agree.

Randimals are made up of two different animals which means they are a unique blend of personalities, characteristics, instincts and skills.

The heart of the Randimals story is about celebrating difference. It’s about recognizing that we are all unique and that we all have something extremely wonderful and special to offer.

About The Randimals
Randimals are gathered together in a group surrounded by toys shaming their differences
What and who are you?
You don’t fit in here.

Randimals Book

Human cognitive diversity exists for a reason; our differences are the genius – and the conscience – of our species.

A Thousand Rivers — Carol Black

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

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

Pluralism is our reality.

A multicoloured sphere showing examples of neurodiversity. Neurotypicality along with a selection of neurodivergent conditions are listed: Developmental Co-ordination Disorder/Condition, Personality Disorders/Conditions, Developmental Language Disorder/Condition, Bipolar Disorder/Condition, Anxiety and Depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Condition, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder/Condition, Autism, Stuttering and Cluttering, Tourette’s syndrome and Tics, Panic Disorders/Conditions, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia.
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

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
Finding our community, our mob you might say,
This is our family, where we can work and play.
Here among these people, as aliens we bring,
This is where my heart can rest, and my soul can sing.

Yes I am autistic, ADHD too,
Yes I am dyspraxic, and I just may do.
But even if you're not like me,
Even if we don't agree,
We can be friends in this place,
It's called acceptance of our race.

Acceptance of our culture,
The way we operate,
The way our passions give us joy,
The way we love and create.

It might be different from others,
It might not be for you,
But this is where we thrive and give,
Where in relationship we live.

Come Join Me!

Belonging Mutants Seers and me

I guess you are a different kind of human
I guess you are a different kind of human

Omega hai foleet, Omega hai foleet

--A Different Kind of Human by AURORA

Hard toy of P-Dawg, a Randimal that combines a penguin and a dog
P-Dawg

🫀🧠 Difference Is a Teacher

Difference is not our deficit; it’s our operating system.

Disrupting the Digital Humanities
Ellarilla
Seadog

Diversity is strength. Difference is a teacher. Fear difference, you learn nothing.

Hannah Gadsby: Nanette

Human cognitive diversity exists for a reason; our differences are the genius – and the conscience – of our species.

A Thousand Rivers
Eagard
Hamlion

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

Neurodiversity may be every bit as crucial for the human race as biodiversity is for life in general.

NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
Hork
Zangeroo

The ways we relate are different. Approach respectfully, without preconceptions, and with openness to learning new things, and you’ll find a world you could never have imagined.

The Beauty of Collaboration at Human Scale: Timeless Patterns of Human Limitations

Magic happens when you combine collaboration and neurodiversity.

Celebration of interdependence | Autistic Collaboration
Huck
P-Dawg

The place where we belong does not exist. We will build it.

Unbelonging – Mango and Marigold Press

Everyone deserves to be proud of the things that make them different.

Oolong 🍉
Squigger

I seek a reconceptualization of cognitive difference, to the end that those who bear now-stigmatizing labels of “deviance,” “disorder” and “syndrome,” may live and manifest their individuality, distinctive interests, gifts and capacities with integrity, in a manner that comes naturally to them, free of pressure to become people they are not, free of the automatic assignation of inferior status; and that they may enjoy the respect of their fellow citizens, rather than disdain and exclusion.

neurodiversity.com | the autistic distinction

Re-conceptualize. Learn about us, from us.

You're my half brother and my fully-fledged friend!
We're buddies forever from beginning to the end
Nobody's a nobody and everybody is weird like you and me!

Don't have to look beside me to know that you are there!
If two things act as one are they still a pair?
Nobody's a nobody and everybody is weird like you and me!

I'm the sugar you're the lemons we're a weird lemonade
But you're the brothers that I'd never trade
Nobody's a nobody and everybody is weird like you and me!

You're my right hand guy and the shoulder that I cry on
My brain when I'm confused, an arm to lean a while on
Nobody's a nobody and everybody is weird like you and me!
You can walk, run, swim, roll, hop, skip, or fly
If we're going different ways, you're my kind of guy
Difference doesn't matter, if nobody's the same
There is no two clouds alike in the great big sky

So don't be scared to come out your shell too
There's always someone out there to love the real you
Nobody's a nobody
And everybody is weird like you and me

You can walk, run, swim, roll, hop, skip, or fly
If you're going different ways you're my kind of guy
Difference doesn't matter, If nobody's the same
A space for every star in the great big sky

Nobody’s a nobody and everybody is weird like you and me!

The Amazing World of Gumball – Nobody’s A Nobody
Hard toy of Hamlion, a Randimal that combines a hamster and a lion
Hamlion

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Published by Ryan Boren

#ActuallyAutistic parent and retired tech worker. Equity literate education, respectfully connected parenting, passion-based learning, indie ed-tech, neurodiversity, social model of disability, design for real life, inclusion, open web, open source. he/they

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