Maya Angelou once said “Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better”. Truth is not a destination, but rather a journey and process. We can always learn more.
These resources are compiled from various organizations, professionals, and advocates who are either themselves neurodivergent or have developed the resource with significant input from neurodivergent people. Our goal is to amplify neurodivergent voices, and promote other neurodivergent advocates, organizations, and allies.
Which Set of Resources Do You Need?
- Multicultural Autism Action Network (MAAN)
MAAN is dedicated to transforming and empowering multicultural communities by providing effective support and education for autistic individuals and their families.
AuSM “enhances the lives of individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. AuSM serves Minnesotans, throughout their lives, with a fundamental commitment to advocacy, education, support, collaboration, and community building.”
PACER “Through more than 30 projects, PACER provides individual assistance, workshops, publications, and other resources to help families make decisions about education and other services for their child or young adult with disabilities.”
Neurodiversity and Developmental disability consulting
- MN Autistic Alliance
Local Autistic support/information group on Facebook
National and International Resources
- Neuroclastic “The Autism Spectrum According to Autistic People
This website has extensive information for neurodivergent people, caregivers, and professionals including infographics, directories, resources, culture and identity, and much more.
- A4A Ontario
Excellent Autistic Advocacy group with resources by topic, guides, and policy papers that are helpful for neurodivergent people, caregivers, and professionals.
- Lives in the Balance
Resources for neurodivergent people, caregivers, educators, and professionals on neurodiversity affirming behavior management using the CPS framework developed by Dr. Ross Greene (Collaborative and Proactive Solutions).
- Foundations for Divergent Minds
This is an all Autistic run organization which developed a framework for neurodivergent people, caregivers, and professionals to better support neurodivergent people across settings. Offers articles, resources, and training.
- Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)
ASAN offers resources and policies for autistic individuals, caregivers, and professionals.
- Autism Level Up
Autism Level Up offers free regulation, communication, and advocacy supports that neurodivergent people, caregivers, and professionals will find helpful.
- Therapist Neurodiversity Collective*
Therapist Neurodiversity Collective offers resources and a directory that is helpful for neurodivergent people, caregivers, and professionals.
- Alfie Kohn “Punished by Rewards”
Alfie Kohn “Punished by Rewards” is a classic book talked about in most Neurodiversity Affirming spaces, but he has many other books, resources, and articles on his page.
- Mona Delahooke “Beyond Behaviors”
This is another classic book often discussed in Neurodiversity Affirming spaces, she also offers trainings and resources.
- Steven Porges “Polyvagal Theory”
Steven Porges is the author of “Polyvagal Theory” which summaries his research on Polyvagal theory. This theory is often discussed in Neurodiversity Affirming spaces as well as in Trauma Informed Care.
Resources By Topic
Autism Level Up
1. Autism Level Up Regulation Suite
This is the complete suite of free regulation resources including visuals, videos explanations of how to use the tools, and supplemental information. Many of these resources are also available in Spanish.
The following links are individual resources in the energy regulation suite in the order in which you would use them.
3. Fidgets are tools
4. First: For/Until: Next
5. Why’s Not Size Suite:
Diagnosis and Related Information
1. An Insider’s Critique Of The Dominant Psychological Models Of Autism
2. So What Exactly Is Autism?
Double Empathy Problem
1. The Double Empathy Problem*
2. Mutual (Mis)understanding: Reframing Autistic Pragmatic “Impairments” Using Relevance Theory
3. Social Cognition, Social Skill, and Social Motivation Minimally Predict Social Interaction Outcomes for Autistic and Non-Autistic Adults”*
Diversity in Social Intelligence
1. Diversity in Social Intelligence*
2. New Research Suggests Social Issues are Down to Neurotypicals more than Autistics
1. Understanding the Autistic Mind
2. Talking to Children
3. To Tell Or Not To Tell- Why It Shouldn’t Be A Question
Masking or Camouflaging
1. A Conceptual Analysis of Autistic Masking: Understanding the Narrative of Stigma and the Illusion of Choice*
3. Medical Professionals
1. Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism
Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism
1. Model Of Childhood Engagement
2. Not As Easy As ABC (data)
Overview of the Movement
1. (Free Book) Autistic Community and the Neurodiversity Movement
2. Neurodiversity FAQ
3. Increasing Neurodiversity in Disability and Social Justice Advocacy Groups
5. Neurodiversity (by Nick Walker)
Culture and Identity
2. Identity First Language vs Person First Language
School and Pediatrics Related Advocacy and Supports
1. Our Kindergarten Classroom Superflex© Project – A True Story*
2. Why We Don’t Train Social Skills*
3. Why We Don’t Use Social Thinking®*
4. Eye Contact Goals (Stop Writing These Ableist Therapy Goals)*
5. Social Skills Training & The Research*
6. Controlling “How” Kids Learn
Perspective Taking And Self Advocacy Are Neurodiversity Affirming Strategies You Can Use In Place Of Social Skills
1. Empowering Pragmatic Language Goals for IEPs*
2. Self-advocacy Goals*
1. Self Advocacy Goals*
2. Perspective Taking Goals*
3. Perspective Taking Goals*
4. IEP Makeovers For Neurodivergent Children: Part 2*
Pbis Or Positive Behavioral Support And Other Behavioral Strategies Can Be Harmful
1. Positive Behavior Support (PBS) | Therapist Neurodiversity Collective*
2. Shocking Pro-Neurodiversity (You won’t believe this!)*
3. Strengths-Based Strategies
- The LPT Education Hub for Occupational Therapists and Speech-Language Pathologists
- 8 Signs of a Respectful & Empathetic Therapist*
4. Relationship Based Strategies
Communication Supports and Non Speaking Resources
2. AAC Connection And Autonomy*
3. Multimodal Communication*
4. AAC Myths*
Resources for Adults
1. Executive Functioning Supports
2. Workplace Accommodations
3. Book by Autistic Adults for Autistic College Students
4. Managed Long Term Supports
5. Guide to Medicaid
6. Transition to Adulthood
7. Home and Community Based Services
- Shifting Focus From Impairment to Inclusion: Expanding Occupational Therapy for Neurodivergent Students to Address School Environments
- Mutual (Mis)understanding: Reframing Autistic Pragmatic “Impairments” Using Relevance Theory
- Understanding Camoufaging as a Response to Autism‑Related
Stigma: A Social Identity Theory Approach
- Empirical Failures of the Claim That Autistic People Lack a Theory of Mind
*The materials cited are owned and made available by the Therapist Neurodiversity Collective. MnNEAT does not claim ownership of their original work.