Autism Unmasked: Diagnosing Women
Our "Autism Unmasked" initiative was created to improve the diagnostic criteria for women with autism. Currently, men are diagnosed at a 4:1 ratio due to clinical trials being heavily dominated by male subjects. Even amongst men, the behavioral presentations which meet the diagnostic criteria vary by individual and are highly stereotyped and narrow.
Women have an even harder time receiving an accurate diagnosis because of their guided social development and ability to "mask" underlying traits. Women often receive a misdiagnosis for bi-polar disorder (or borderline bi-polar disorder), ADD, depression or anxiety, and are treated incorrectly through pharmaceuticals/therapy. Women with autism often endure social stigmatism, which has a long-term psychological impact.
Creating better diagnostic criteria means involving more women in the conversation. We will accomplish this initiative through research, public discussion/storytelling and increasing access to medical resources.
ND Friends: Share Your Story, and be Uniquely You
Nearly half of the autistic adults in the United States (?)live with a family member and about one in five is unemployed. Only nine percent of adults with autism have ever been married and only thirty two percent of autistic individuals have had a romantic partner despite having a similar desire for human connection as neurotypicals. This is an overlooked emotional trauma affecting millions of individuals.
We are developing a comprehensive dating and friendship platform to aid in connecting neurodiverse (ND) individuals with people who truly understand them... fellow ND's! Our platform will allow you to tell your true, raw, and honest story and to be yourself from the outset. This is a space where you will never have to fake being neurotypical. If describing yourself isn't your greatest strength, we offer individualized lifestyle preference and personality assessments to uncover the unique collection of powerful traits you have to offer – which can be added to your ND Friends profile.
If connecting with one individual sounds GREAT, but a group of NDs who share your same passion sounds EVEN BETTER, look no further. Based on the interests provided in your intake assessment, we will suggest relevant groups for you to join.
ND Mentor Network: Celebrating Neurodiversity in the Workplace
The Neurodiverse Mentor Network will connect Neurodiverse individuals with relevant professional experience to mentees with similar goals, aspirations and interests. The Neurodiverse Mentor Network will house unique content specific to Neurodivergent experiences in the workplace, including how to frame unique skills and abilities, how to ask for accommodations, setting near-term and long-term career goals and how to achieve them, and how to speak with a manager or colleague about issues being experienced in the workplace.
Neurodiverse (ND) individuals can experience unique work related successes and struggles compared to the neurotypical population. Members of the Neurodiverse community tend to struggle in the same areas of memory and concentration, organizational skills, time management and self-care. The Neurodiverse Mentor Network will establish a private-network of Neurodiverse individuals across all sectors and stages of their careers to share their knowledge, professional experience, and workplace strategies to ensure professional growth and success.
Workforce Accommodation: Neurodiverse Employment
80% of autistic individuals who have college degrees are unemployed. Of the 20% who are employed, 50% are underemployed. Neurodiversity Foundation has partnered with Potentia Workforce to build workforce inclusion and training programs (for organizations and individuals) and, together, they have begun successfully placing candidates in higher earning positions by providing integrated support. Within the first month of employment, we observed dramatic results in quality of life and workplace performance for the placed individuals.
Our social model approach creates an environment that not only benefits the neurodiverse individual, but the entire workforce. Within this approach we do not encourage the individual to change who they are or "fix their deficits", but instead we acknowledge their strengths and put them in a position to succeed by building a natural support system and creating an individually tailored role.
Response Registry: Early Detection of COVID-19
Response Registry is an innovative neurodiverse analytics solution developed to supplement incomplete COVID-19 data provided to municipalities.
Communities and municipalities use the Response Registry platform to accurately track and manage critical, actionable data in real-time, providing insights for smarter decision-making.
Built to serve the needs of both individuals and communities, the Response Registry qualifies your clinical COVID-19 symptoms and your overall mental and physical health equity. The registry determines your need for medical attention and facilitates immediate contact with a physician, testing facility or hospital. We work in conjunction with medical providers to offer virtual and in-home visits along with COVID-19 testing for individuals in need.
Response Registry is fueled by complete transparency, and all collected data is aggregated in real-time to provide comprehensive, efficient reporting.