One of the biggest struggles that neurodivergent individuals might face is the feeling of being alone and isolated. While we all face different difficulties, it is important to learn that we are not alone and there are vast communities and resources available to take advantage of. 

1. The Job Accommodation Network 

The Job Accommodation Network is a great place for neurodivergent individuals to find information about their rights in the workplace and what they can take advantage of in their positions. If you feel as if your job is mistreating you or if you have questions, JAN can help. 

2. The AWN Network 

The AWN Network, also known as the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network, is a very impactful organization that focuses on disability justice, gender and racial equality, and neurodiversity and trans liberation. They offer a great amount of resources to those in the community and provide change and betterment for those involved. 

3. The College Autism Network 

The College Autism Network is an excellent place for those seeking out higher education in a college, university, or postgraduate setting or those already attending. It provides resources about your rights as a student as well as connecting you with programs and groups on campus that could benefit you. The organization also has resources for parents, employers, and educators, ensuring everyone is on the same page. 

4. All of NeuroClastic’s Content 

The NeuroClastic site is simply a great resource for staying up to date on neurodivergent news, as well as a place to find a collection of autistic voices. They offer plenty of affirming articles, videos, and perspectives from the neurodivergent community. It can be a perfect place to find a community of others with similar stories and struggles. 

5. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network 

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is the perfect place to find toolkits, resources, and information about what is happening in your communities and what policy improvements are being worked toward. You can even join their Action Center and be the change you want to see.  Additionally, for autistic college, university, and grad students, their Autism Campus Inclusion program is a great way to learn more about disability history and culture and how to get involved.

6. Your School’s Clubs and Initiatives 

Many of our resources could be right at our fingertips, and we don’t even know it. More and more high schools and colleges are implementing clubs and initiatives for their neurodivergent students. Not only can this be a great place to meet others in your community, but it can also be the start of impactful change in the areas around you. 

7. Neurodivergent Communities in Your Area

Outside of schools, many cities will have their own initiatives to create positive change wherever you may live. You can find groups on Facebook, through your local college or university’s community programs, nonprofit initiatives, or even in your local library, finding people who share similar stories and struggles. It can be a great way to meet others and make a difference in your town. 

8. LinkedIn 

Looking for neurodivergent resources and connections professionally can become difficult, but with the right tools, you can connect with so many! LinkedIn has become an amazing way to grow your network and meet with other neurodivergent professionals. They offer insight into their careers, their struggles, and their growth, and this can not only inform but also be a great motivator. 

9. Social Media Platforms 

Social media has become such a great way to connect with people from all walks of life. If you are feeling isolated or alone, finding groups on social media for neurodivergent individuals can be a great way to feel as if you have someone in your corner. They can also be great places for news and information on the community!

10. Read Neurodivergent Authors 

Books about neurodiversity and the struggles that come along with it can be great resources to learn from. They can offer similar perspectives and help educate you while also providing a source of connection and awareness. My own books go into what neurodiversity is and means to me and the struggles of middle school, high school, and the workforce for neurodivergent individuals. Books and other literature can offer insight and a sense of togetherness. 

If you would like to know about more resources or schedule me to speak at your next event, contact me!