Resources

Finding resources written for neurodivergent adults (not children, their parents, or professionals) can be challenging. I’ve compiled a list of over 60 resources to help you find support and learn more about your uniquely wired brain.

Click here to get your FREE, downloadable PDF of the Ultimate Guide to Resources for Neurodivergent Adults!

The guide is a directory, not a list of recommendations. You’ll need to decide for yourself which resources are right for you, but I hope it will offer you some starting points in your search.

It is also not a complete directory…yet. I’ll be updating the guide periodically as I find new resources. If you’ve subscribed to the FellowMental newsletter, you’ll automatically receive access to updates as they are made.

While there is still much room to improve the amount of information available to neurodivergent adults looking to better understand their conditions, I hope this guide saves you some of the frustration I felt.

Your needs matter and you are not alone.

Best of luck.

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Advocacy, Awareness, and Support Organizations

ALS Association (ALSA)

Nonprofit organization promoting research on ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) and assistance for individuals with ALS and their loved ones. ALSA has local chapters throughout the US.

American Autism Association (AAA)

Nonprofit organization assisting families and individuals with autism. In addition to information, support, and advocacy, AAA offers therapeutic athletic programs for all ages at no cost.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

Nonprofit organization offering resources related to anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders. ADAA promotes research, education, and support to improve the lives of individuals with these conditions. The website also offers information for specific populations such as women, African Americans, Latinxs, Asian-Americans, LGBTQ+, and the military community.

Asperger/Autism Network (AANE)

Nonprofit organization supporting individuals with Asperger syndrome and their families as well as professionals. AANE does not require a professional diagnosis and also assists individuals with other neurological differences.

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

Organization working to improve the lives of adults with ADHD. ADDA offers webinars, special events, networking opportunities, workplace advocacy, an ambassadorship program, and resources on ADHD. ADDA also has information targeting college students.

Autism Empowerment

Nonprofit organization focusing on autism acceptance and empowerment. Programs include Spectrum Life Magazine, support groups and social clubs (Southwest Washington & Portland Metro area), Autism Serves volunteerism program, Autism & Scouting, and Autism Empowerment Radio. The website also includes resources.

Autism National Committee (AutCom)

Autism advocacy organization committed to “Social Justice for All Citizens with Autism.”  The organization advocates for civil rights and human rights. AutCom supports self-empowerment and self-determination for individuals with autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, as well as those with related differences. Their website includes a bookstore, newsletter, upcoming events, and a list of public policy issues that they are supporting or fighting.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

Organization providing support, education, and advocacy to improve the lives of children and adults with ADHD. CHADD also offers resources in Spanish.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

Nonprofit organization providing support and wellness resources to individuals with depression and bipolar disorder. DBSA offers peer-based in-person and online support groups, education and treatment resources, and a crisis hotline and textline.

International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)

Nonprofit organization helping those with OCD and related disorders. For adults with OCD, IOCDF offers educational resources and community events and programs. They also support professionals and youth.

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)

Nonprofit organization that aims to improve the lives of individuals with learning disabilities and reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in the future. LDA offers support through state and local affiliate chapters, advocates for policies and legislation supporting their goals, and provides media and resources for the public, educators, and professionals.

MyEpilepsyTeam

Social network for individuals with epilepsy. Includes resources and provider directory.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Grassroots mental health organization comprised of over 500 affiliate chapters. NAMI educates, advocates, operates a toll-free helpline, and leads events to fight the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS)

NADS promotes education, access to resources, and empowerment for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. They address social policy issues and support individuals with Down syndrome in their self-advocacy. Direct services are available for individuals and families in the Chicago metropolitan area.

National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)

Human rights organization advocating for individuals with Down syndrome. Their work includes the #DSWORKS® employment program, the Inclusive Health and Sports (IHS)  initiative, advocacy and public policy efforts, scholarships, events, and more.

National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)

Nonprofit supporting individuals and families with eating disorders. NEDA helps people find and access treatment, raises awareness, promotes research and prevention, and advocates for the community.

Social Anxiety Association (SAA)

Non-profit organization improving the lives of those with social anxiety/social phobia. SAA raises awareness, promotes treatment options, facilitates creation of and access to therapeutic groups, and provides resources and information.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. SAMHSA offers many tools and resources for the public, as well as mental health professionals, including a treatment locator, Recovery Month, homelessness programs, medication-assisted treatment information, and more.

Tourette Association of America (TAA)

Works to improve the lives of those affected by Tourette and tic disorders through public awareness initiatives, efforts to advance research and treatment options, education for professionals, advocacy for public policies and services, support, and empowerment.

Blogs

ADDitude Magazine

Articles on all facets of life with ADHD, including related conditions and ADHD in adults.

Bipolar Burble

Mental health writer and speaker Natasha Tracy shares experiences, insights, and information on bipolar and related disorders.

Different Brains

Nonprofit organization supporting neurodiversity. The blog includes posts on a range of brain variations written by professionals and individuals with personal experience.

Downs Side Up

UK-based blog from the parent of a child with Down syndrome. “We have Down’s Syndrome” section features stories of individuals with Down syndrome.

Eating Disorder Hope

Advice and information blog for individuals with eating disorders and their loved ones. Most posts are written by mental health professionals.

FellowMental

Samantha Belmont (that’s me!) writes about representation of neurodivergence in media; life advice on topics like relationships, work, and fitness; tech news and how it impacts the neurodivergent community; and personal observations, struggles, and triumphs. Inspired by her own experiences, Belmont created FellowMental to be a space where neurodivergent adults can be themselves and see themselves.

Lawyers with Depression – Dan’s Blog

Dan Lukasik writes about depression for law students, lawyers, and judges.

NeuroCosmopolitanism

Autistic scholar Nick Walker writes about autism and neurodiversity. Although it appears the blog has no new posts since 2016, NeuroCosmopolitanism is a great source of information for those learning the language and principles of the neurodiversity movement.

Neurodivergent Rebel

Christa Holmans blogs about autism with a focus on pride and positivity.

Radical Neurodivergence Speaking

Neurodivergent K’s (Kassiane Asasumasu) commentary on all things neurodivergent. Asasumasu is credited with coining the term “neurodivergent.”

Raised on Ritalin

Comic-style chronicle of the author’s (Tyler Page) life with ADHD and experiences with treatments.

The Sobriety Collective

Creative community for people living substance-free. Blog posts connect to relevant articles from around the web and promote upcoming events. Guest posts offer advice and commentary. The Sobriety Collective was created as an alternative to 12-step programs.

SunnyStrong

Diagnosed with ALS at 28, advocate Sunny blogs about her life and journey.

Totally ADD

Blog posts on all aspects of ADHD. Listed on Healthline.com’s Best ADHD Blogs from 2014-2019.

Employment Resources

Auticon

International IT company creating jobs for autistic adults through employment opportunities as technology consultants. Offices in Germany, UK, France, Switzerland, Italy, USA, and Canada.

Autism @ Work Employer Roundtable

Collective of employers with initiatives to hire autistic employees. Website includes job listings.

Getting Hired

Job board for veterans and individuals who have disabilities.

Integrate Autism Employment Advisors

Nonprofit organization that helps companies recruit and retain autistic employees. Website includes current job openings and job search resource list sorted by state.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Guidance regarding workplace accommodations and disability employment. Website includes a searchable list of accommodations as well as guides and templates for discussing accommodations with employers. Resources are available for employees, job seekers, entrepreneurs, and employers.

ServiceSource

Nonprofit organization working toward inclusive communities. ServiceSource offers many employment-related services for individuals with disabilities including job placement, vocational training, assistive technology assessments, and group supported employment.

Ticket to Work

Social Security Administration program helping disability beneficiaries with career development and employment.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

List of vocational rehabilitation agencies by state compiled by Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN). Agencies provide support for job placement and retainment for individuals with disabilities. Services may vary by state.

Film & TV

ADD & Loving It?!

Documentary following comedian Patrick McKenna as he learns about Adult ADHD. McKenna interviews experts, shares personal experiences, and dispels ADHD myths. 57 minutes.

The Employables

TV series that follows two individuals— one with Tourette syndrome and one with autism— in their quests for employment. The show brings in experts to evaluate the job seekers for strengths and focuses on the unique talents they can offer an employer rather than their limitations.

A Terrible Melancholy: Depression in the Legal Profession

Documentary produced by Daniel T. Lukasik examining depression amongst legal professionals. The film includes interviews with lawyers and a judge about their personal experiences with depression as well as experts. The film is used to provide training and resources to legal professionals. Attorneys can receive continuing legal education credit for watching. 30 minutes.

Hotlines

Autism Help Hotline

877-654-GIVE. Hours not listed, response within 24 hours. Information and assistance including local resources.

CHADD ADHD Information Line

800-233-4050. Monday-Friday, 1 PM-5 PM, ET. ADHD information provided by a specialist.

Crisis Textline

Text HOME to 741741. 24/7. Support from a trained Crisis Counselor. Serving US and UK.

IMAlive

Crisis chat service through the Kristin Brooks Hope Center. Trained volunteers provide support for suicide prevention.

LGBT National Hotline

888-843-4564. Monday-Friday, 4 PM-12 AM, ET. Saturday, 12 PM-5 PM, ET. Peer support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning individuals including information on local resources, coming out, relationships, and more. Includes Senior Hotline at 888-234-7243, Youth Talkline (through age 25) at 800-246-7743, and online chat option.

NAMI Helpline

800-950-NAMI (6264). Monday-Friday, 10 AM-6 PM, ET. General information line for mental illness questions. Staff and volunteers can assist with inquiries regarding symptoms, local program referrals (job help, support groups, services, education), treatment options, and helping family members. NAMI Helpline cannot provide specific recommendations related to individual circumstances.

National Drug Helpline

888-633-3239. 24/7. Information on treatment and recovery from substance use issues.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

800-273-8255. 24/7. National network of call centers providing support for those in crisis or emotional distress. Calls are free and confidential. Additional numbers available for Spanish, deaf and hard of hearing, veterans, and disaster assistance. Chat also available on website.

NEDA Helpline

(800) 931-2237. Monday-Thursday, 9 AM-9 PM, ET. Friday, 9 AM-5 PM, ET. Assistance with eating disorders for the caller or a loved one. Help includes support, resources and treatment options. Chat option available on website. Text NEDA to 741741 for text option.

Office on Women’s Health

800-994-9662. Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 6 PM, ET. Closed federal holidays. Answers questions related to women’s health (including mental health) by connecting callers with information and resources.

SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline

800-662-HELP (4357). 24/7. Provides referrals to local resources (treatment facilities, support groups, and community organizations) for individuals with mental health and/or substance use disorders. Spanish available through national representative option.

Tourette Association of America

888-4-TOURETT. Full-time staff, hours not listed. Tourette and tic disorders information and referral. Available in English and Spanish. Contact form also available.

Trans Lifeline

877-565-8860 (US)/877-330-6366 (Canada). 24/7. Operators guaranteed 10 AM – 4 AM, ET. Peer support hotline staffed by trans-identified volunteers for trans and questioning callers.

United Way 211

211. 24/7. Free referral service connecting callers with a variety of local, state, and national resources for mental health, physical health, reentry, veterans, disaster, domestic abuse, shelter, food, and more. Available in 180 languages. Online database on website.

Podcasts

Anxiety Slayer

Podcast aimed at individuals with PTSD, panic attacks, stress, and anxiety. Hosts Shann and Ananga discuss exercises, tips, and tools for managing anxiety.

Codpast

Sean Douglas interviews fellow dyslexics. Guests discuss their personal experiences with a focus on celebrating the creative side of dyslexia.

Exploring Different Brains w/ Hackie Reitman, M.D.

Reitman discusses neurodiversity and related topics with special guests from a variety of backgrounds.

Kayla’s Korner

Manager of Grassroots Advocacy at the National Down Syndrome Society Kayla McKeon invites guest to share their thoughts and experiences. Guests include fellow self-advocates, Members of Congress, NDSS board members, and more.

Spectrumly Speaking

Podcast focuses on women on the autism spectrum. Hosts Haley Moss and Dr. Laurie Butts discuss topics with special guests, including news and personal experiences. Guests are frequently autistic professionals with interesting achievements and careers.