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The Autistic Spectrum (AS) is the most common Neurodiversity (ND) and/or neurological variants that expands and strengthens the human experience, the AS is best understood using the Social Model of Disability(SMD) to ensure accommodation, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all autistic persons. Below is a list of some autistic traits, that an autistic individual can experience and/or exhibit, this does not mean that all autistic people have these traits, and all autistic individuals will have different levels of expression. Finally, non-autistic person (s) allistic and/or neurotypical may also share these traits despite not being autistic. It is very important for everyone to keep in mind that autism can manifest itself in a plethora of ways, so it is best not to assume someone may and/or may not be autistic based on the way they look.®

AUTISTIC EXPRESSIONS

  • Sensory Sensitivity
  • Temperature
  • Hyper-Empathic
  • Strong Sense of Justice
  • Superior Pattern Recognition
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)
  • Phone Phobia
  • Hyper-Interception
  • Hypo-Empathetic
  • Echolalia / Unscripted
  • Strong Hand Eye Coordination
  • Ridged With Food
  • Hyper-mobility
  • Dislikes Touch
  • Sing Song Or High-Pitched Voice
  • Brave / Lacks Fear
  • Info Dumping 
  • Parallel play/Body Doubling
  • Spoon Sharing/Support Swapping
  • Photographic Memory
  • Stimming - Craves Sensory Input
  • Self-Stimulation 
  • Repetitive Behaviours
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Executive Dysfunction
  • Emotional Disregulation
  • Masking
  • Hyper-Focus
  • Low Eye Contact
  • Routine Oriented
  • Flappy Hands - T- Rex Arms 
  • Tippy Toes 
  • Clumsy
  • Lack Hand Eye Coordination
  • Hard Working
  • Uneven Learning Profile
  • Hyperlexia
  • Penguin Pebbling - small gifts 


  • Creative
  • Innovative
  • Non-Verbal
  • Hyper-Verbal From a Young Age
  • Awkwardness Blind
  • Monotone Voice
  • Overly Expressive Voice
  • High Pain Tolerance
  • Focused Eye Contact
  • Hyperacusis

THE AUTISTIC VOCABULARY

AUTISTICALLY, CULTURALLY, MEDICALLY, & POLITICALLY APPROVED VOCABULARY

All of the AFLF definitions for our website come from the Cambridge Dictionary and/or other credible organizations, and/or institutions. Please note that the #ACTUALLYAUTISTICWIKI is a more comprehensive autism database 

  • AUTISM - The Autistic Spectrum (AS) is the most common Neurodiversity (ND) of fourteen that expands and strengthens the human experience, the AS is best accepted and understood using the Social Model of Disability (SMD) to ensure accommodation, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all autistic person (s).   
  • AUDIO PROCESSING- 
  • AuDHD - AuDHD is an unofficial but popular term used to describe individuals who are both autistic and ADHD. This means that an AuDHDer has been self/formally diagnosed with autism and ADHD because they have traits characteristic of both conditions
  • ADHD
  • Big Light - 
  • Body Doubling - 
  • Co-Regulation - 
  • DARVO (Abuse Tactics) - DARVO is a technique a person may use to shift responsibility for an abusive incident onto the survivor of the abuse. Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender. 
  • Dysautonomia - is a nervous system disorder that disrupts autonomic body processes. These are automatic functions like your blood pressure and heart rate. Having dysautonomia means these functions don’t work properly, causing disruptive symptoms. These symptoms are often manageable, but diagnosing and treating dysautonomia is sometimes difficult.
  • Gaslighting - the action of tricking or controlling someone by making them believe things that are not true, especially by suggesting that they may be mentally ill
  • Hyperacusis - With hyperacusis, everyday sounds may seem unbearably loud, painful and even frightening. It often accompanies tinnitus, a condition that involves hearing ringing in your ears. Therapies can help treat symptoms.

  • Little Spoon - 
  • Masking - To ‘mask’ or to ‘camouflage’ means to hide or disguise parts of oneself in order to better fit in with those around you. It is an unconscious strategy all humans develop whilst growing up in order to connect with those around us. However, for us autistic folk the strategy is often much more ingrained and harmful to our wellbeing and health.
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance - Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is an autistic profile. PDA individuals share autistic characteristics and also have many of the ‘key features’ of a PDA profile. It is most widely recognized in the UK. PDA is best explained as an extreme avoidance of everyday activities, refusal of demands and challenges with authority due to severe anxiety. In the United States and Canada, PDA is still emerging and not widely diagnosed by professionals due to lack of awareness. (PLEASE READ MORE).
  • Sensory Overwhelmed - Sensory overload is when your five senses—light, sound, taste, touch, and smell—take in more information that your brain can process. Overwhelmed by all the input, the brain responds as it would to a life-threatening situation and enters fight, flight, or freeze mode. 

  • Stimming - Stimming or self-stimulating behaviour includes arm or hand-flapping, finger-flicking, rocking, jumping, spinning or twirling, head-banging and complex body movements. It includes the repetitive use of an object, such as flicking a rubber band or twirling a piece of string, or repetitive activities involving the senses (such as repeatedly feeling a particular texture)
  • Sensory Sensitivities - Sensory processing sensitivity (SPS), or environmental sensitivity (ES), is a biologically-based trait characterized by increased awareness and sensitivity to the environment.

THE FIVE AUTISM LOVE LANGUAGES 

  • INFO DUMPING - Individuals who shares a large amount of information at once about something that they are very interested in or fixated on (commonly referred to as special interests or hyper-fixations).
  • Penguin Pebbling - sharing small gifts or memes with neurodivergent friends/family (usually related to dedicated interests. 
  • STIM SHARING - Stim sharing is when someone provides a stim for someone else, often through their body. Some autistic people find certain stim's more regulating if they are done with someone they love (such as playing with their loved one's hair or rubbing their skin/clothes instead of their own).

  • PARALLEL PLAY | BODY DOUBLING - Where play, work, studying, and/or completing tasks in the presence of others without attempting to impact the other individuals play, work, studying, and/or completion of tasks.

  • SUPPORT SWAPPING - Where individuals accommodate each other, because why wouldn't you.

The Autistic Community

THE AUTISM FOR LIFE FOUNDATIONS'S THINK TANK

SUNDAY'S FROM 5 PM - 9 PM TO BRAINSTORM FOR OUR COMMUNITY 

GUIDELINES & STANDARDS

Below are some autistic owned and operated businesses, charities, foundations, podcasts, and networks. Our foundation was built by the autistic community for the autistic community, autistics for autistics. Therefore, we ensured that the autistic population was represented within the digital database first and foremost and will continue to expand the database as we grow. If you know of any autistic owned and/or operated businesses, please contact us via the feedback page and we will ensure to include them to our portfolio after careful review.

AUTISTIC SAFETY


One of our goals with the community section of our foundation is to foster a reasonable accommodation for those who are verbally impaired and/or non verbal to increase community safety.


AUTISM FOR LIFE FOUNDATION'S AUTISM IDENTIFICATION CARD 2024

Introducing an Alberta Autism Identification card that has countless benefits for the community as a whole. It's important to note that the effectiveness of such a card depends on its implementation and the support systems in place.


To view the Autism Identification Cards that we have created on Canva, click here!



Benefits of Autism Identification Cards include:
  • Improved Community Awareness and Understanding: An autism identification card can contribute to increased acceptance, awareness, integration, and understanding of autism within the community. Leading to greater empathy and acceptance facilitating a healthier diverse, and inclusive community and overall economy by reducing stigma and misconceptions.
  • Enhanced Communication with Law Enforcement and First Responders: In emergency situations, autistic individuals may face challenges of various sorts, an identification card can help first responders quickly identify someone is autistic and adapt their approach, accordingly, ensuring a safer and more effective response.
  • Facilitated Access to Support Services: Will help facilitate access to support services and accommodations for autistic individuals. This might include special considerations in academic, employment, social services, and public spaces.
  • Community Inclusion: The card will contribute to the creation of a more inclusive community by encouraging understanding and support for the autistic spectrum. Our imitative will stimulate community initiatives to make public spaces more accessible and accommodating strengthening our local community and small businesses.
  • Education and Training Opportunities: The introduction of identification cards will prompt educational programs aimed at training community members, including educators, employers, and service providers, on how to interact effectively with autistic individuals.
  • Personalized Support in Public Spaces: Retail and Public Spaces: Businesses and public spaces may develop strategies to better serve individuals with autism, such as providing quiet areas, sensory-friendly environments, or additional assistance when needed.
  • Preventing Misunderstandings and Misinterpretations: An identification card will help prevent misunderstandings and misinterpretations of autistic individuals and the human spectrum as a whole.
  • Fostering a Sense of Personal Safety and Security: Autistic individuals and their families feel more safe and secure knowing that there is a tangible way to communicate their unique needs to others in the community.
More Resources for Autistic Safety

Autism Safety 101 - The Wallet Card

Is a resource designed to enhance the safety and well-being of individuals on the autism spectrum. The wallet-sized card likely contains essential information about the individual, including communication preferences and emergency contacts, serving as a valuable tool for self-advocacy and improved interactions with law enforcement and emergency responders.

Go to Autism Safety 101


I Am Autistic - National Autistic Society (UK) & Scotland


"I Am Autistic" is a downloadable resource card provided by the National Autistic Society in the UK. This card is a great way for you to let people know that you are autistic and that you might need some extra time or help in certain situations.


Go to I Am Autistic


Autism Justice


Autism Justice is a coalition of scientists, consumer advocates and lawyers helping women and their families hold drug companies accountable for damages these companies are causing to these families and to get these products labeled properly so that pregnant women can make fully informed choices about what pain relief to seek during pregnancy


Go to Autism Justice


AUTISTIC VOICES


TED x Macquarie University



Jac den Houting Why everything you know about autism is wrong


Go to TEDxMacquarieUniversity


The Daily Show With Trevor Noah with Rick Glassman

How @rickglassman views “As We See It” as a chance to express lived experiences of autism, rather than a platform to act as a spokesman

Go to Video on Instagram

Dasha Kolesik - While You Wonder

we're here to help individuals self-identify as autistic by providing resources and guidance to better understand themselves and their experiences.

Go to While You Wonder

STEPHANIE WINN - Some Therapist

a podcast for Seekers, Dreamers, & Questioners



Go to Some Therapist


Genius Within


Passionate about Neurodiversity, working towards a future where all neurodivergent talents are celebrated and all organisations work systemically to maximise our potential and work to our strengths.


Go to Genius Within

We are Exceptional Individuals

We provide neurodiversity consulting, recruitment and employment support to employers and individuals with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and autism. Neurodiversity & Neurodivergent: Meanings, Types & Examples

Go to We Are Exceptional Individuals

Neurodivergent Rebel - Lyric Rivera


Lyric Rivera is a trans-nonbinary, Autistic, self-advocate, who runs the internationally recognized Neurodivergent Rebel blog.


Go to Neurodivergent Rebel

Brilliantly Diverse â€â€Å“ By ADHD Coach Saskia


Coaching focused on Strengths and Neurodiversity, Discover and polish your strengths. celebrate your differences.


Go to Brilliantly Diverse


Ted Talks - THE FORGOTTEN HISTORY OF AUTISM

Steve Silberman is a writer and contributing editor for Wired who covers science and society. His newest book explores neurodiversity and the link between autism and genius.

Go to Ted Talks

Ted Talks - Playlist The autism spectrum



Explore the science of autism -- and listen to the stories of people who live with it.


Go to ted.com Playlist


Ted Talks - Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds



Temple Grandin on Ted Talks


Go to Ted Talks


Hayley Honeyman



Hailey's awesome stuff:



Go to Hayley Honeyman


Intune Pathways - Kristy Forbes

Ms. Forbs is an Australian based autism & neurodiversity support specialist with experience working with clients both nationally and internationally.

Go to Kristy Forbes

Global News - Caryn Lieberman 02/19/2020


Autism over 18: Why adults with autism need more support


Go to Global News Video

Global News


Building a better future for adults with autism


Go to Global News Video


Ted Talks on Neurodiversity


More Ted Talks on the topic of Neurodiversity



Go to Ted Talks


ADHD & AUDHD


Daniel G. Amen MD


Are highly trained team of specialists, providing resources and services to those experiencing neurodiversity and brain health overall.


Go to Amen Clinics

Chadd Inc


ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder



Go to Chadd Inc.

Science America - Decoding the Overlap between Autism and ADHD

The two conditions often coincide, but the search for common biological roots turns up conflicting evidence

Go to Scientific American

Spectrum News

Decoding the overlap between autism and ADHD Autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often coincide, but the search for common biological roots has turned up conflicting evidence.

Go to Spectrum News

YOU ARE NOT ALONE


StarTalk Live Podcast

Big Brains at BAM with Neil deGrasse Tyson



Seattle’s Children

In Our Own Words: A Panel of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (2016)


Ted Talks


The Search Results for Autism


Independent

No, Elon Musk, autism does not need "solving", we'd much rather be accepted as we are.


Behavioural Innovations


20 Famous People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


Huberman Lab Podcast


Dr. Karen Parker: The Causes & Treatments for Autism


AUTISTIC AND NEURODIVERSE OWNED BUSINESSES


PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT SOME OF THESE BUSINESSES ARE NOT LOCATED WITHIN CANADA!


Yellow Ladybugs


Yellow Ladybugs is an autistic-led, non-government organisation with strong bridges to the community. We are dedicated to the happiness, success and celebration of autistic girls and women.


Go to Yellow Ladybugs

Reframing Autism


We are an Autistic-led charity, reframing the understanding of Autism through education, resources and research, underpinned by our lived experience as Autistics.



Go to Reframing Autism

Owned by Brandi - Sensory Sweaters Located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

A sensory sweater is a collaboration of a sensory sock and a hoodie. The resistance inside the sweater provides deep pressure input to the proprioceptive and tactile systems.

Go to Website

Owned by Brad - Made By Brad - Located in Calgary, AB



Brad loves building things, check him out on Facebook Made By Brad


Go to Website

Anthony at your Service


Alberta's only socially responsible, customizable, direct delivery service. Serving Edmonton, Calgary, and B.C.

Go to Anthony at your Service

Owned by Nic - Crow & Sparkle

Nic is a self-taught jewelry artist located in Vancouver B.C. whose goal is to create durable and rustic pieces that you'll love to wear every day.

Go to Crow & Sparkle

Owned by Margaux Wosk - Retrophiliac


Celebrate Neurodiversity, Autism & So Much More! Located in Vancouver, British Columbia

Go to Retrophiliac

Prospect Therapy

Prospect Therapy is a queer + trans affirming therapy practice based in Long Beach, CA, with a focus on mental health for first-generation, immigrant, and bicultural communities.

Go to Prospect Therapy

Morgan Harper Nichols - Garden24

Garden24 began in Spring of 2019, as writer Morgan Harper Nichols began to watch things bloom, professionally and personally.

Go to Garden24

Alissa Merklinger - All Things Sensory


Fidgets made by a neurodivergent for neurodivergent.


Go to All Things Sensory

Owned by Jas - Batmoons making things sometimes


Located in Truro, United Kingdom


Go to Batmoons on Etsy

Kaiko Fidgets


Kaiko Fidgets is based in Melbourne, Australia and is co-founded by Kai, who is both autistic & dyslexic.


Go to Kaiko Fidgets

Amor Sensory



Amor Sensory is a trans and disabled-owned company founded by Andy Amor, a nonbinary artist, designer, and fashion nerd who proudly identifies as neurodivergent.



Go to Amor Sensory

Chloé Hayden â€â€Å“ Eye Sparkles

Chloé Hayden is an award-winning motivational speaker, actor, performer, author, influencer, content creator and disability rights activist and advocate, the heart of which these all intersect being her passion for creating change, celebrating diversity, and pushing towards a better future.

Go to Chloé Hayden

Sonny Jane - Drop In Care Space Located in Australia


Drop In Care Space was founded in 2020 by Sonny Jane, a neurodivergent, queer and disabled advocate who noticed something missing in the community.


Go to Drop In Care Space

SOCIALIZATION


Big Brothers and Sisters of Calgary


This past year, we empowered over 800 life-changing mentoring relationships for children and youth in and around Calgary who are facing adversity.

Go to Big Brothers Big Sisters Calgary

Canucks Autism Network (CAN)

CAN is dedicated to providing programs to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, while promoting acceptance and inclusion through community engagement and training initiatives across BC and beyond.

Go to Canucks Autism

HIKI APP



friendship and love for the autistic community.




Go to Hiki App


The Centre for Autism Services Alberta



Socialization Programs 18+


Go to Center for Autism Alberta


Square Peg Society

We assist ASD adults in achieving this goal, by building confidence, pride and skills, within our community, and by increasing inclusion, engagement, and participation, within our community and with society at Square Peg Society.

Go to Square Peg Society

TELUS Wise® Empowering you to stay safe in our digital world

TELUS Wise® is a free digital literacy education program that offers informative workshops and resources to help people of all ages have a positive experience as digital citizens.

Go to TELUS Wise®

FELICITY HOUSE



FELICITY HOUSE PROVIDES SOCIAL OPPORTUNITIES TO WOMEN WITH AUTISM.



Go to Felicity House


The Stripped-Down Podcast by Myles Hass


An honest podcast hosted by two men, with guest speakers that talk about love, sex, relationships, dating, friendships, and more.


Go to Podcast on Spotify

AUTISM & NEURODIVERSITY PUBLICATIONS & NEWS


Center for Disease Control & Prevention

Spotlight On: Racial and Ethnic Differences in Children Identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Go to CDC

Forbs

How Race and Ethnicity Affect Diagnosis, Treatment and Support for Autistic Children and Adults


Go to Forbes

Forbs


3 Ways To Embrace Neurodiversity In The Workplace


Go to Forbes

Autism Advocacy - STOP THE SHOCK


What's happening at the Judge Rotenberg Center?


Go to Autism Advocacy

The New York Times




Sensory-Friendly Picks for Life on the Autism Spectrum




Go to NY Times


Spectrum




AT THE INTERSECTION OF AUTISM AND TRAUMA




Go to Spectrum


In the Loop About Neurodiversity



THE ABLEIST HISTORY OF THE PUZZLE PIECE SYMBOL FOR AUTISM



Go to In the Loop


Canadian Journal of Autism Equity

Established in December 2020, Canadian Journal of Autism Equity the is an open-access e-journal focused on critically engaging with a variety of equity discussions within the autism community and public policy

Go to Canadian Journal of Autism Equity

Spectrum

Spectrum is the go-to destination for the latest news and analysis about autism research and a springboard for scientists and clinicians to forge collaborations that deepen our understanding of autism.

Go to Spectrum

Critical Neurodiversity

Critical Neurodiversity is a platform addressing critical perspectives on neurodiversity. It provides articles and discussions related to the intersection of neurodiversity and critical theory.

Go to Critical Neurodiversity

Autistic Revolution

Autistic Revolution is a website that focus on autism advocacy and awareness, promoting acceptance and understanding of neurodiversity.


Go to Autistic Revolution

Autism Acceptance Resources

Is a collection of resources related to autism acceptance, it includes articles, tools, and information supporting the neurodiversity movement.

Go to Autism Acceptance Resources

Human Resources Professionals Association

HRPA's history of advocating for the human resources profession can be traced back over 40 years to the founding of the Personnel Association of Ontario (PAO) in 1979.

Go to HRPA Website

Spectrum Women Magazine


For women who have a different point of view.



Go to Spectrum Women Magazine

Government of Canada


Supporting Neurodiversity in the workplace - Defence Stories



Go to Government of Canada

The University of British Columbia


Autism and Neurodiversity in the Workplace



Go to UBC Website


EZRA


Breaking Myths About Neurodiversity in the Workplace - The benefits of cognitive diversity at work


Go to EZRA

The Conversation


Neurodiversity can be a workplace strength, if we make room for it


Go to The Conversation

IN THE LOOP ABOUT NEURODIVERSITY

Cassandra Crosman is the creator of “In the Loop About Neurodiversity, a blog that addresses topics focused on neurodiversity.

Go to In The Loop

ScienceDaily



Your source for the latest research news


Go to ScienceDaily

THE BIG AUTISTIC RESOURCE GUIDE - October 2023 6th Edition


Pay what you can



Go to Taylor Heaton

Neurodiversity News


News for the Neurodiverse community



Go to Neurodiversity News

Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Act

Establishes Alberta's Advocate for Persons with Disabilities and prescribes the appointment process for the Advocate, as well as its role and function and requirements to ensure accountability.

Go to Alberta.ca

INTERNATIONAL & NATIONAL AUTISTIC SUPPORTS


Neurodiversity Network (NN)


NN is a website of resources for neurodivergent job seekers and students, employers & universities, & the community.



Go to Neurodiversity Network

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

ASAN is an organization that promotes the rights and self-advocacy of autistic individuals and offers resources, news, and information related to autism advocacy.


Go to Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN)

AWN is a network that focuses on the unique experiences of autistic women and nonbinary individuals, the website include resources, community forums, and advocacy information.

Go to Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network

The Musical Autist



To provide access to the arts and platforms for self-advocacy for musicians of all ages and abilities on the autism spectrum.



Go to The Musical Autist


Diversity and Ability (D&A)


D&A is an award-winning social enterprise led by and for disabled people, paving the way for a future where everyone is welcomed and included

Go to Diversity and Ability

Canadian National Autism Foundation


autism resources by province - we do not necessarily support all organizations on this website!


Go to Canadian National Autism Foundation

Different Brains®


Strives to encourage understanding & acceptance of individuals who have variations in brain function and social behaviors known as neurodiversity.


Go to Different Brains®

Foundations for Divergent Minds (FDM)


FDM is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization rooted in the principles of disability justice.


Go to Divergent Minds

AUsome




AUTISTIC-LED NEURODIVERSITY TRAINING YOU CAN TRUST




Go to AUsome


Communication FIRST

Communication FIRST is the only non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of the more than 5 million children and adults in the United States who, due to disability or other condition, cannot rely on speech alone to be heard and understood.

Go toCommunication FIRST

The Autism Society


For 58 years and counting, the Autism Society, including our nationwide network of affiliates, connects people to the resources they need through education, advocacy, support, information and referral, and community programming.


Go to The Autism Society


Reframing Autism


We are an Autistic-led charity, reframing the understanding of Autism through education, resources and research, underpinned by our lived experience as Autistics.



Go to Reframing Autism


Yellow Ladybugs


Yellow Ladybugs is an autistic-led, non-government organisation with strong bridges to the community. We are dedicated to the happiness, success and celebration of autistic girls and women.


Go to Yellow Ladybugs


ADAPTIVE TECHNOLOGY:


Adaptive technologies can greatly benefit individuals with autism, ADHD, and other neurodiverse conditions. It's important to note that the effectiveness of adaptive technologies can vary from person to person, so it's recommended to read reviews and try multiple products to determine the most suitable tools and strategies for each individual's unique needs.


  • Noise-Canceling Headphones: These can help reduce sensory overload and improve focus by minimizing external sounds.
  • Visual Scheduling Apps: These apps help create visual schedules and routines, which can be particularly helpful for individuals with autism and ADHD to manage their time and activities.
  • Text-to-Speech and Speech-to-Text Software: These tools can assist individuals who struggle with reading or writing by converting text to speech or speech to text.
  • Mindfulness and Meditation Apps: These apps can help individuals manage anxiety, stress, and improve focus through guided meditation and relaxation exercises.
  • Wearable Sensory Devices: Some devices provide sensory feedback, like vibrating reminders, which can help individuals stay on task or manage sensory issues.
  • Interactive Learning Apps: Educational apps designed to be engaging and interactive can be beneficial for individuals with ADHD or learning differences.
  • Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR): These technologies can be used for sensory integration therapy, social skills training, and immersive learning experiences.
  • Color Overlays and Filters: Digital devices and apps that allow users to adjust screen colors and filters to reduce visual discomfort or sensitivity.
  • Fidget Tools and Toys: Physical fidget tools can help individuals with ADHD or sensory processing difficulties focus and manage restlessness.
  • Smartwatches with Reminder Features: These can help individuals with time management, medication reminders, and other daily tasks.
  • Gaze-Tracking and Eye-Controlled Devices: These technologies enable individuals with limited motor control to navigate and interact with devices using their eye movements.
  • Emotion Recognition Apps: Apps that help individuals recognize and interpret facial expressions and emotions can be especially useful for improving social skills.
  • Communication Apps and Devices: Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) apps or devices can assist nonverbal individuals with expressing themselves.
  • Focus-Enhancing Web Browser Extensions: These extensions can help block distracting websites and enhance focus during online activities.
  • Customizable Keyboards and Input Devices: Tailored keyboards with larger keys, customizable layouts, and adaptive input options can benefit those with motor or sensory challenges.
  • Sensory Integration Tools: Equipment like therapy swings, weighted blankets, and sensory kits can help individuals regulate their sensory experiences.
  • Language Processing Apps: These apps can assist individuals in understanding idioms, sarcasm, and figurative language, which can be challenging for some neurodiverse individuals.
  • Assistive Listening Devices: These devices can amplify and clarify speech, making it easier for individuals to understand conversations in noisy environments.

More Resources on Adaptive Technology:

The Guardian Newspaper


Bionic reading: could an ADHD-friendly hack turn me into a speed-reader?



Go to The Guardian


BIONIC READING


With Bionic Reading®, we aim to promote reading and comprehension of textual content in a hectic and noisy world.


Go to Bionic Reading


Enchroma


We're an independent, Berkeley, California-based company that develops leading patented lens technology to improve the lives of people with color vision deficiency (color blindness).

Go to Enchroma


Loop Ear Plugs


Lean into everything you love that's loud, Try bold noise filtering earwear engineered for our high-volume world.


Go to Loop Ear Plugs


Vibes



Vibes High Fidelity Ear Plugs



Go to Vibes


Flare



Sound Sensitivities Blog.



Go to Flare


Orcam

Our mission is to enrich people's daily experiences with personal assistive handheld and wearable AI devices that increase confidence and independence.

Go to Orcam


LITERATURE TO CONSUME


michealPollan
Dr. Michael Pollan - This Is Your Mind on Plants
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Pollan, a radical challenge to how we think about drugs, and an exploration into the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants -- and the equally powerful taboos.
Steve Silberman - Neurotribes: The Legacy Of Autism And The Future Of Neurodiversity, Foreword by Oliver Sacks
This New York Times' bestselling book upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently.
LisaMNajavitsPhD
Lisa M Najavits PhD - Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse
This manual presents the most widely adopted evidence-based treatment for co-occurring trauma and addiction.
LisaMNajavitsPhD
Marsha M. Linehan
LORI L. DESAUTELS, PH.D. - Revelations In Education
Dr. Lori Desautels has been an Assistant Professor at Butler University since 2016 where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Education. She was also an Assistant Professor at Marian University in Indianapolis for 8 years where she founded the Educational Neuroscience Symposium.
Susan Forward & Donna Frazier - Emotional Blackmail
Emotional Blackmail: When the People in Your Life Use Fear, Obligation, and Guilt to Manipulate You
Healthline
Healing Invisible Wounds: Art Therapy and PTSD by René Fabian

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