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👏🧷⏰ Stimpunks in a Minute
Stimpunks combines “stimming” + “punks” to evoke open and proud stimmingSelf-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 DIYIn the arts, bricolage (French for “DIY” or “do-it-yourself projects”) is the construction or creation of a work from a diverse range of things that happen to be available, or… More culture of punkEverything that was normally supposed to be hidden was brought to the front.Punk subculture – Wikipedia The First Rule of Punk: Be Yourself Our Second Rule of Punk: Reframe The… More, disabled, and neurodivergent communitiesWhat I have always been hoping to accomplish is the creation of community.Community is magic. Community is power. Community is resistance.Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century https://www.amazon.com/Disability-Visibility-First-Person-Stories-Twenty-First-ebook/dp/B082ZQBL98/ https://www.amazon.com/Disability-Visibility-Adapted-Young-Adults-ebook/dp/B08VFT4R9T/… More. Instead of hiding our stims, we bring them 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:
- Offer financial and mutual aid;
- Hire our community members as consultants;
- Provide a learning space designed for our community; and
- Support our community’s open research efforts.
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 truthJustice, equality, fairness, mercy, longsuffering, Work, Passion, knowledge, and above all else, Truth. Those are my primary emotions.Very Grand Emotions: How Autistics and Neurotypicals Experience Emotions Differently » NeuroClastic https://youtu.be/uPRa6G2a48E… More. 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 🗂🧰
The place where we belong does not exist. We will build it. Anti-ableist space for passion-based, human-centered learning compatible with neurodiversityNeurodiversity 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 social model of disabilityIn the broadest sense, the social model of disability is about nothing more complicated than a clear focus on the economic, environmental and cultural barriers encountered by people who are… More.
Digital sociologyBut, 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. We bring voice into empirical constructs and translate voice into academic comprehension.
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.
We pay creators to create. We fund art, advocacy, research, and more. We buy space to breathe and create.
Respect due to learning with an arsenal of permanent pillars Piercing through the surface of artificial services Life Commits by Swamburger and Scarlet Monk of Mugs and Pockets
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, empathyEmpathy is not an autistic problem, it’s a human problem, it’s a deficit in imagination.We all need to work on imagining things we have not been through.Empathy, Imagination and Autism… More, and inclusivity, we build community learning space respectful of all types of bodymindsBodymind: 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.
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 ableismable·ism /ˈābəˌlizəm/ nounA system of assigning value to people’s bodies and minds based on societally constructed ideas of normalcy, productivity, desirability, intelligence, excellence, and fitness. These constructed ideas are deeply… More 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.
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.
There are six hundred 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• Progress in human understanding has become increasingly complex and overwhelming.• Checklists help prevent serious but easily avoidable mistakes.• Checklists should be as short as possible, include all essential steps… More of our most popular articles and our many collections. Also, here are some mind maps with clickable/tappable nodes that take you to various places on this site.
We love hyperlinksThe hyperlink is our most potent weapon in the fight against disinformation.It’s time we brought back the hyperlink and learned how to really use it. It’s time we used information… More 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 open up inline definition boxes when you hover over them with a mouse or tap them on a touch screen. The links that open definition boxes are bolded.
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.
View “Sun Star Tapestry Beta” + Baby Animal
Content warning: Our website includes music, lyrics, writing, and art that address ableism, eugenicsEugenics is the scientifically inaccurate theory that humans can be improved through selective breeding of populations.Eugenics is an inaccurate theory linked to historical and present-day forms of discrimination, racism, ableism and… More, exclusion, mental health, depression, dysphoria, behaviorismUltimately 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, chronicChronic illness is a pretty big umbrella, and it would be impossible to list them all. Some of them are triggered by an injury like a car accident, or something… More 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.
We invite you to keep on scrolling. Art, music, poetry, and prose from our community of neurodivergent and disabled people await. Join us in challenging the norm and changing the narrative by reframing our states of being. However, if you’d like to skip to other parts of our website, here are some buttons to popular destinations and a carousel of recently added pages.
Ready, Punk? Rock and scroll!
“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 theoryToolbelt Theory is based in the concept that students must learn to assemble their own readily available collection of life solutions. They must learn to choose and use these solutions… More, caves, campfires, and watering holesFuturist David Thornburg identifies three archetypal learning spaces— the campfire, cave, and watering hole—that schools can use as physical spaces and virtual spaces for student and adult learning (bit.ly/YvRuWC)Australia’s Campfires,… More, and more.
More About Timeless Learning
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 ThinkingZero-Based Design. It means you do not keep your kids trapped in your past. What would you do if you had to justify and defend every school rule? Every school… More Change Schools
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
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 valuesRemind yourself that shared values, rather than shared beliefs, are what matter when it comes to interacting with others, and that there is no replacement for doing the hard work… More 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
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 educationA human-centered education: • Cultivates Purpose-Driven Classrooms • Ends Dehumanizing Practices • Demands Social Justice • Builds a Human-Centered World https://youtu.be/JsrsgM6LqiI https://youtu.be/h9gQXG9T1RM Build human-centered classrooms around four values: • Learning… More is compatible with neurodiversity, the social model of disability, and human dignity. They understand that sharing powerThe 20th Century political scientist Karl Deutsch said, “Power is the ability not to have to learn.”I quote this statement often, because I think it’s one of the most important… More fosters self-determination, something dearly important to our community of neurodivergent and disabled people.
More 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 marginsFor me this space of radical openness is a margin a profound edge. Locating oneself there is difficult yet necessary. It is not a “safe” place. One is always at… More. 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
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.
Civil Rights Then and Now: A Timeline of the Fight for EqualityEquityA commitment to action: the process of redistributing access and opportunity to be fair and just.A way of being: the state of being free of bias, discrimination, and identity-predictable outcomes… More 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
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More About Kristina Brooke Daniele
Kristina enjoys readingThere are three types of reading: eye reading, ear reading, and finger reading.The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child’s Confidence and Love of Learning Most schools and… More 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 artsThe arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly,… More and crafts, and spend time with her family.
- CONFERENCE TO RESTORE HUMANITY! 2022: SYSTEM REBOOT TRACK 3/4 DIY AT THE EDGES Surviving the Bipartisanship of Behaviorism by Rolling Our Own July 25 – 28
- Naked Words Podcast: How Black Writers are Changing the Stories Told About Us
- Anti-Racism Resources from The iBelieve Foundation
- Misogynoir Nearly Killed Meghan Markle by Mo
- Under the Mango Tree Black Girl Magic Chat
- Black History Month Reading List from Mango Publishing
- Get Drunk, Get Woke: Cancel Culture
- The Rashad Mills Show w/ Kristina Brooke Daniele
- Black Heroes Of The American Revolution Activities And Lesson Plan
- All About Kwanzaa For Kids
- Civil Rights Supreme Court Cases Every Child Should Know
- Learn About Juneteenth For Kids: A Celebration Of Freedom
- 10 Black Women Pioneers To Know For Black History Month
- Sukey And The Mermaid Lesson Plan and Activities
- Ray Charles By Sharon Bell Mathis – Lesson Plan And Worksheets
- Anansi The Spider Lesson Plan And Activities
- The People Could Fly Lesson Plan
- Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters Lesson Plan and Activities
- Wrinkle In Time Reading Comprehension Worksheets
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
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 caringThe activities that constitute care are crucial for human life. We defined care in this way: Care is “a species activity that includes everything that we do to maintain, continue,… More 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!
☂️ Our Umbrella: Are You a Stimpunk?
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.Sonny Jane Wise (@livedexperienceeducator)
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 autisticAutistic 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 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.
- ADHDADHD or what I prefer to call Kinetic Cognitive Style (KCS) is another good example. (Nick Walker coined this alternative term.) The name ADHD implies that Kinetics like me have… More
- DID & OSDD
- Sensory Processing
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- Stuttering & Cluttering
- Anxiety & Depression
- Personality Disorders/Conditions
- BipolarI call it burning these days because that’s what it feels like: like there’s an idea inside me burning its way out. But when I was younger, I called it… More
- Tic Disorders
- Down Syndrome
- Panic Disorders/Conditions
- Developmental Language Disorder/Condition
- Developmental Co-ordination Disorder/Condition
Disability and neurodivergenceNeurodivergent, sometimes abbreviated as ND, means having a mind that functions in ways which diverge significantly from the dominant societal standards of “normal.”NEURODIVERSITY: SOME BASIC TERMS & DEFINITIONS Neurodivergent is quite… More are broad umbrellas that include many people, possibly you. The neurodivergent umbrella includes a diversity of inherent and acquired differencesOur 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… More and spiky profilesThere is consensus regarding some neurodevelopmental conditions being classed as neurominorities, with a ‘spiky profile’ of executive functions difficulties juxtaposed against neurocognitive strengths as a defining characteristic. Neurominorities, Spiky Profiles,… More. 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, 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 diagnosisSelf 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… More is not just “valid” — it is liberatory.
Requiring diagnosis was counter to trans liberation and acceptanceAcceptance means training mental health service providers to look at autism and other disabilities as a part of a person’s identity, rather than a problem that needs to be fixed. Acceptance… More. 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 interdependenceInterdependence acknowledges that our survival is bound up together, that we are interconnected and what you do impacts others. If this pandemic has done nothing else, it has illuminated how… More!
It is time to celebrate our interdependence!
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
Do you know why we have the sunflowers?
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.
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
We’re going to rewrite the narrativesWhen we successfully reframe public discourse, we change the way the public sees the world. We change what counts as common sense. Because language activates frames, new language is required… More.
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 traumaIn expanding our definitions of trauma, we must make sure we see trauma as a structural issue, not just an individual one. Scholars now recognize what people from marginalized communities… More, 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
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