Autism Unmasked: Diagnosing Women
Our "Autism Unmasked" initiative is created to improve the diagnostic criteria for autistic women. Currently, men are diagnosed at a 4:1 ratio due to clinical trials being heavily dominated by male subjects. Even within men, the behavioral presentations which meet the diagnostic criteria vary by individual and are currently highly stereotyped and narrow.
Women have an even harder time achieving a diagnosis because of their guided social development and ability to "mask" their underlying traits. Women are often misdiagnosed as bi-polar, borderline, ADD, depression and anxiety and treated incorrectly through pharmaceuticals, therapy and endure a social stigma that disaffects so many otherwise healthy individuals. The long term psychological impact is so great, it is critical we intervene.
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.
Response Registry: COVID-19 Early Detection
Response Registry is an innovative neurodiverse analytics solution developed to supplement incomplete, backward looking data provided currently to municipalities around COVID-19.
Communities and municipalities use the Response Registry platform to more 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 both your clinical symptoms of having COVID-19 along with your overall mental and physical health equity to determine your need for medical attention and facilitate immediate contact with a physician, testing facility or hospital. We work in consultation with medical providers to offer virtual and in home visits along with COVID-19 testing for individuals in need.
The tool is fueled by complete transparency, all data collected is aggregated in real-time to be presented right back to the people.
ND Friends - Share your story, and be uniquely you.
Nearly half of autistic adults live with a family member and about one in five is unemployed. Only 9 percent have ever been married. Only 32 percent of autistic individuals have had a romantic partner despite having the similar desire for human connection as neurotypicals. This is a tragic and overlooked emotional trauma affecting millions of good people.
We are developing a comprehensive dating and friendship platform to aid in connecting Neurodiverse individuals to people who truly understand them... fellow ND's! Our platform will allow for you to tell your true, raw and honest story and to be you from the beginning. This is a space where you will never have to fake neurotypical. If describing yourself isn't your greatest strength, we offer individualized lifestyle preference and personality assessments to uncover your unique collection of powerful traits to offer, which you can add to your profile if you'd like
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 YOUR interests provided in your intake assessment, we will suggest relevant groups for you to join.
Potentia Workforce - Neurodiverse Employment
80% of autistic individuals who have college degrees are unemployed. Of the 20% who are employed, 50% of those are underemployed. Neurodiversity Foundation has partnered with Potentia Workforce to build workforce inclusion and training programs (for organization and individual) and have successfully began placing candidates in higher earning positions with integrated support. Within the first month of employment. we observed dramatic results in quality of life and workplace performance.
Our social model approach creates and 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", we acknowledge their strengths and put them in a position to success by building natural supports and individual accommodations into the role.