Therapist
Neurodiversity
Collective

Therapist
Neurodiversity
Collective

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International

Therapy Advocacy Education

Established January 2018

Neurodiversity is “…the diversity of human brains and minds – the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species.”  “Neurodiversity is a biological fact. It’s not a perspective, an approach, a belief, a political position, or a paradigm.” 
Dr. Nick Walker

The Neurodiversity Movement is a Human Rights Movement. “The Neurodiversity Movement says that people with brain-based disabilities (like autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, or mental health disabilities) should be accepted and included in society just like neurotypical people (people without brain-based disabilities).” –  Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Therapist Neurodiversity Collective was founded on January 11, 2018.


Our Mission:

  • to provide free public access to non-behavioral based, trauma-informed, neurodiversity paradigm aligned therapists
  • to advocate for acceptance and equitable inclusion for the neurodivergent and other-disabled populations we serve 
  • to provide neurodivergent-affirming education to therapists and to the public about non-behavioral therapy practices and methodologies that presume competence, are non-trauma inducing, and respect human rights, dignity, and sensory preferences

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Therapist Neurodiversity Collective is therapy, education, and advocacy collaborative for SLPs, OTs, PTs, and Assistants. The Collective's focus is to align therapy practices within the neurodiversity paradigm.

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19 precious children, dead. Their two teachers, dead. As a mom and a Texas school-based SLP, yes, my thoughts and prayers are with those shocked and grieving families. With those children left in critical condition, whose little bodies are so badly broken that the hospitals are begging for blood donors. With that traumatized school community whose members’ lives will never, ever be the same. Yes, my thoughts and prayers are with them all. Because I’m grieved and heartbroken for them.

But I’m also angry. Livid, sickened, and disgusted, actually, watching Texas Senator Ted Cruz (who received more than $300,000 in campaign donations from gun lobbyists during his 2018 senatorial campaign by the way) yammering that he’s “fervently lifting up the children and families in prayer”, all while he and our Texas Governor prepare to speak at the 2022 NRA convention happening in my city in less than 72 hours from now.

All I can think about is that today’s mass shooting so easily could have been one of my campuses. These murdered students could have been my students. This could have been my school community. This is the 27th school shooting of 2022! The 27th of the year and we’re not even half way through! I want to know when our nation is finally going to decide that we’re no longer okay with just sending our thoughts and prayers to the next batch of school children who are mowed down in their classrooms.
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19 precious children, dead. Their two teachers, dead. As a mom and a Texas school-based SLP, yes, my thoughts and prayers are with those shocked and grieving families. With those children left in critical condition, whose little bodies are so badly broken that the hospitals are begging for blood donors. With that traumatized school community whose members’ lives will never, ever be the same. Yes, my thoughts and prayers are with them all. Because I’m grieved and heartbroken for them. 
But I’m also angry. Livid, sickened, and disgusted, actually, watching Texas Senator Ted Cruz (who received more than $300,000 in campaign donations from gun lobbyists during his 2018 senatorial campaign by the way) yammering that he’s “fervently lifting up the children and families in prayer”, all while he and our Texas Governor prepare to speak at the 2022 NRA convention happening in my city in less than 72 hours from now. 
All I can think about is that today’s mass shooting so easily could have been one of my campuses. These murdered students could have been my students. This could have been my school community. This is the 27th school shooting of 2022! The 27th of the year and we’re not even half way through! I want to know when our nation is finally going to decide that we’re no longer okay with just sending our thoughts and prayers to the next batch of school children who are mowed down in their classrooms.

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Very well said. I, too, am a Texas SLP, and feel exactly the same way you do about our State “leadership”

Yes!!! This is tragic and what’s even more tragic is that these precious lives will be forgotten so soon in place of other’s supposed “rights” and “freedoms.” Where was the right and freedom to live and go to school/work safely for these kids/teachers? There must be so many policy changes.

yes – the commentary here in Australia has been: thoughts and prayers AND action!

We should have fixed it after Sandy Hook. We didn’t. Life is apparently not as precious as our stupid right to have unfettered access to guns. I’m disgusted.

Utterly heartbreaking. We are hearing coverage in Canada and it is so baffling that this has happened so much.

Sending our love from Australia … wish we could send our gun laws too 💔

Sharing… well said! Thanks 😢

I’m in Australia and we here are totally bewildered with the want and need of firearms being so readily available. Sadly it is the norm to hear of these mass shootings in USA, I really hope you can get some change in your gun laws but with the lobbyists and the finance they provide it seems unlikely. Maybe all political donations should no longer be allowed. Government decisions shouldn’t be bound by the gun lobbyists.

Standing with you.

Be like Scotland. After one school shooting very strict gun laws. No more school shootings.

I'm afraid the rest of the world looks at America and cannot comprehend how many shootings have happened and the gun laws are not curtailed. The question " how many dead children will it take" surely passed years ago

“There is something deeply hypocritical about praying for a problem you are unwilling to resolve.” —Miroslav Volf

Completely. This is one fight people cannot become worn down with. It is just wrong.

They have to stop thinking buying more guns makes them safe.

So, so tragic and wrong that your politicians don't look at the outcomes of Australia and other countries who have struct gun laws. Lives should come first….especially the vulnerable and innocent. We feel for you and hope for change.

It’s unbelievable that the right to have guns is placed ahead of so many children’s lives. It makes you wonder how there can be so many people in America that keep justifying their gun laws.

I will never understand why guns matter so much to some Americans. Both the Uk and Australia had one school shooting and acted. I think Americans need to look at why that didn't happen and perhaps all of their own complicity. It feels like the violence has become (or maybe always was) normalised, almost like a DV situation where each generation is renacting violence .

If only the next mass shooting was in their Senate, something might change.

So sorry for the loss of these little ones. Sitting in Australia, it seems madness that the US tolerates this continued mass murder in its schools and communities. Why? The right to arms seems to over ride the right to safety? So very very sad.

Thoughts and prayers are meaningless without ACTION !

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