NeurodiVERSED is our annual awareness campaign. Held every year in March during National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, NeurodiVERSED gives people who think differently a platform where they can share their voices and educate the community on mental health and intellectual disabilities. This project was begun to address the misconceptions and misinformation surrounding those who identify as neurodiverse, as well as the damaging narrative that mental illness and disabilities are something to be cured. Our mission is to give neurodiverse individuals a platform to share their stories, art, experiences, and celebrate the things that make them unique through our video profile series.
NeurodiVERSED 2023: Defining Community
This year's theme is Defining Community. In our 2023 video series, we will profile individuals who have found a sense of community through their relationships with co-workers, fellow churchgoers, support staff, families and sweethearts.
Meet Carrie, Maria and Marta
Meet Vanessa and Mindy
Our buttons, pins and stickers are all designed by individuals who identify as neurodiverse and are one way to show your commitment to supporting and advocating for neurodiverse people. You can purchase these items in-person at our Planet Access store (4727 N Lincoln Avenue) or online.
More 2023 merchandise is coming soon!
Check out our past campaigns below:
NeurodiVERSED 2022: Be Kind to Your Mind
This year's NeurodiVERSED initiative is aimed at bringing awareness to self-care for everyone daily by being kind to your mind. Life stress can change our mind over time leading to burnout which leave us exhausted and overworked. Did you know that taking a few minutes a day for self-care can prevent burnout? We hope to share ideas and information to help encourage everyone to give yourself and others daily self-care. Visit us here for videos in March and alerts for upcoming events and community engagement.
Join us for an in-person pop-up event at Planet Access (4727 N Lincoln Avenue) on Saturday, March 5th from 10-1 pm.
NEURODIVOICED 2022 VIDEOS
NeurodiVOICED: A Chat with Dianne and Wanda
NeurodiVERSED 2022: Be Kind to Your Mind – a chat with Dianne and Wanda. In this first in a series of videos, Search participant Dianne and staff member, Wanda, discuss how they practice self-care when their brains need a break.
NeurodiVOICED: A Chat with Sean and Cristiana
This week's video is: NeurodiVOICED: A Chat with Sean and Cristiana. In this second in a series of videos, Search participant Sean and staff member, Cristiana, discuss how they practice self-care when their brains need a break.
NekurodiVOICED: A Chat with Alison and Amanda
Meet Alison and Amanda! Alison has been a Search participant for 21 years. Amanda has worked at Search for 4 years. In the third in a series of videos, Alison and Amanda discuss how they practice self-care when their brains need a break.
2021 NEURODIVOICED PROFILES
Meet Anthony our #NeurodiVOICED profile for May! Anthony, an avid sports fan and athlete with Down syndrome shares what it’s like moving away from home for the first time and gives tips on how to stay positive!
April’s NeurodiVOICED profile is here! In honor of Autism Awareness Month, meet Becky, whirlwind encyclopedia, bird expert, and pop culture enthusiast. Becky sat down with us to share what it’s like navigating social situations and dealing with a world that isn’t always designed with people who are neurodiverse in mind.
Click to view or download FEQs on neurodiversity and more!