Los Angeles Neurodiversity (LAND) is a social, support, and advocacy community for people of all cognitive styles, or self-advocates. It is also a group that is led by self-advocates, for self-advocates. LAND is working to achieve better services and supports, public acceptance of neurodiversity, change outdated negative narratives on disability, and human rights for everyone. Through community education and advocacy, we oppose efforts to limit the diversity in the world, including confinement, forced drugging, coercive therapies, and other violations of our human rights. 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. We support not only autism, but the cognitive liberty (mind freedom) of all people. Neurodiversity is for everyone. If you are joining our community, we want you to "land" here in a sense of support and belonging.
For questions, please contact LAND Organizer Raul Munoz, MSW via direct message.
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 check out this nice clip from his YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYcIQA3KF8g