Nothing about us without us.
We embrace the motto “Nothing about us without us” and acknowledge that our board of directors does not adequately represent the diversity that exists within the neurodivergent community. We are dedicated to building trust and relationships in the neurodivergent community, and by doing so, invite you to be involved as we grow and learn.
Meet the board
Lizzi Duffy, MS-OTR/L
I’ve also had to personally navigate the health care and education systems. I’ve observed and experienced challenges both providing services and receiving services.
My experience gives me a unique perspective, and I am determined to find solutions. In recent years, I’ve embraced:
– Quote from disability movements
Some of the methods I’ve used in the past, unknowingly likely caused harm to those I was trying to help. But, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better” –Maya Angelou
I believe as time moves along, we will continue to learn, and we will continue to do better if we are willing to challenge our biases and seek other perspectives.
I founded MnNEAT so professionals and the community can learn directly from the neurodivergent community in order to provide services that match their values.
Erika Hegland, MA LPCC
As a neurodivergent individual who provides mental health therapy services to primarily neurodivergent folks, I have been overwhelmed with the lack of education, support, and understanding there is for all things neurodivergent in the professional community.
Mis-diagnosis, problematic, and even trauma inducing therapy practices have caused insurmountable pain for far too many individuals and families. If as a professional it is difficult to find other professionals who truly support the autonomy and well-being of neurodivergent people and who “get it,” how are people looking for professional support going to find what they need?
We absolutely have to do better. I am so grateful to be a part of an organization that “gets it” and that is passionate about providing services and supports that will help move us in the direction we need to go. With all of my heart I hope that you will find the support that you need and the understanding that you deserve.
Molly Fraser Hoffard
Kelly Killorn, Ed.D.
Amanda Williams, Secretary
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If you are interested in more information, or would like to be involved in MnNEAT, please contact us! We would love to hear from you.