Los Angeles Neurodiversity (LAND) is a social, support, and advocacy community for people of various cognitive styles such as Autism, Asperger's, ADHD, Downs, Cerebral Palsy, LD, and more. We consider ourselves neurodivergent or self-advocates and we take pride in leading a community that is for us. LAND is working to achieve better services and supports, public acceptance of neurodiversity, change outdated negative narratives on disability, and human rights for everyone. We do this by organizing peer support groups, family events, and other beneficial events throughout LA County or Online every month. We consider the Neurodiversity movement a part of the disability justice movement, and also invite family members, friends, professionals, and other allies to join in our efforts.
Los Angeles Neurodiversity was founded in 2014 as a chapter of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, a national non-profit organization with all-Autistic leadership. In the summer of 2017, ASAN announced an end to the chapter network, in favor of independent affiliates. We chose the name Neurodiversity to reflect the intersectionality of our community, and of our social justice framework. Neurodiversity is for everyone. If you are joining our community, we want you to "land" here in a sense of support and belonging. This is also a positivity zone only, meaning that negativity won't be tolerated here. If we find that you cannot contribute to our community in a positive way, you will be removed over time. Neurodiverse individuals/self-advocates can go through a lot already in one's daily life and we don't need additional negativity here.
For questions, please contact LAND Organizer Raul Munoz, MSW via direct message. We look forward to meeting you!
**Raul is also a public speaker and accepts speaking engagements! Inquire for topics and rates! Topics include: Autism/Disability Acceptance, Self-love, and more! To see how he speaks and what he speaks about, feel free to reach out to him directly here and he’d be happy to show you videos of some of his speaking engagements!**