Celebrating neurodiversity. Every day.
Who we serve and why
The Society for Neurodiversity (S4Nd) supports people who identify as neurodivergent, including their families, friends and our allies. We are a society for neurodiversity – a community and a movement. Neurodiversity is a civil rights movement and is a concept developed by renowned sociologist Judy Singer.
“Every human brain on the planet is as unique as each fingerprint. It follows that there is a virtually infinite diversity of humans on the planet, with infinitely diverse minds complexified further by experience in equally diverse bodies.”
“Members of Neurological minorities, whether diagnostically labelled or not, have generally been discriminated against, denied resources, disempowered, and devalued from school through life trajectory and work career, which affects standards of living unless one is lucky enough to be born into a [family of means]. This must change.”
Judy Singer, Neurodiversity: It’s politics, not science!
What makes us different
S4Nd is a movement that will fight for the rights of neurodivergent people — for recognition, a fair share of resources, influence and status to enable people to live a good life.
S4Nd is built upon the principles of the Social Model of Disability. Society creates environmental and attitudinal barriers often based upon personal characteristics — age, disability, class, ethnicity, gender identity, race, religion and sexual orientation.
Our membership is open to all, but we put the needs of our neurodivergent members first. Our services are delivered online and people are welcome to join wherever they live.
How we operate
S4Nd is a membership organisation. Members will be able to receive support and are also expected to contribute by supporting others within the S4ND community, whilst recognising that barriers may mean this is not always possible for all members at all times.
Our aim is to build a safe, friendly and supportive community where people in need are welcomed and nourished. These spaces will be designed to give practical help and support, giving our members the opportunity to live a good life. S4Nd’s Fundamental Principles will reinforce these aims.
What we are offering
Since S4Nd was founded, our focus has been on helping people wherever they are in their journey. Currently our focus is on:
- Raising awareness of legal rights (Right to Choose) for autism and ADHD assessments and creating resources to help them, their GPs, commissioners and service providers.
- Developing relationships with other organisations to facilitate partnership working to amplify people’s voices to get them what they need.
- Building a community of members and developing social opportunities
Be part of our community
Join us by becoming a member. Membership is free and open to neurodivergent people as well as their families, friends and our allies.
As a member, you can access our unique online community area where you can find practical help and resources and find information and take part in our social, creative, therapeutic and learning activities. Find out more.
If you are not ready to join, why not sign up for our newsletter and keep visiting the website as we continue to develop it.
Featured : Right to Choice
At S4Nd, we’re currently working hard on our ongoing campaign to raise awareness of how “Patient Choice” is still not being applied to Neurodevelopmental diagnostic assessments. Here’s our latest press release, which went out to a selection of national and regional media. We’re also sharing it on social media as it contains links to our newly published guide for individuals to use if they encounter similar problems. Here’s the release in full:
We asked our members to share with us what S4Nd is/means (to them).