Neurodiversity Foundation

Bridging the Gap Between Neurodivergent & Neurotypical

in order to create a neuroinclusive society that embraces all types of minds.

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Why We exist

Vision, Methods & Mission

The Foundation has the goal; To create a society that works for all individuals regardless of their braintypes, we develop in projects, the tools, community, campaigns, researches and products, to enhance societal equality, social connections and cooperation between neurodivergent and neurotypical individuals, thereby supporting to move forward towards a neurodiverse society.

HOW WE IMPACT THE WORLD

The Neurodiversity Foundation will reach their goals by:

Research activities, production, innovation and distribution of projects that facilitate equality, self-management and effective joining for neurodivergents in the classroom, on the working space, in friendships, in groups in relationships and as individuals in society.

Campaigns of information that foster mutual understanding, curiosity and acceptable between neurodivergent and neurotypical individuals,

Developing knowledge and tools for effective communication that take into consideration how communication and cooperation is enacted by neurodiverse individuals

Join us

If you want to work with us, work with us. Send us a message about internships, volunteerships, research opportunities, partnerships, sponsorships or service requests. 

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology for neurodiverse communication: In the ATHENS initiative, its partners are creating the tools to facilitate communication by and cooperation in (neuro)diverse families with a messenger that supports personals sign language, basic gestures, basic signs for online and offline communication: “Signs”, in order to bridge the communicationgaps between neurotypes.

     

    Pride & Awareness

    Awareness & Pride, for all neurodivergents: Neurodiversity information and support campaigns. Via video series, social media campaigns, serious games, workshops, and through politics (supporting neurodiverse friendly politicians with a Neuroinclusive Politician Award, and direct proposals). We show our pride, by organizing the  Neurodiversity Pride Day- run, each year in June.

     

     

    Education & Innovation

    Education about the value of (neuro)diversity: My Amazing Brain – magazine, distribution and campaign to support neurodiverse friendly classrooms. Also, we created the Neurodiversity Education Academy with free courses, supported by apps. As well as webinars on the topic. Neurodiversity also maintains the Brainy App, which was build by our researchpartner 2Tango.

     

    Mainstreaming the concept of neurodiversity

    Societal Shift: An additional long-term but more local focus since our early days, starting preparations in 2016, has been to introduce the concept of Neurodiversity in the Netherlands and make it a more well-known and used word that has direct and indirect positive impact on behaviours and attitude between Neurodivergents and Neurotypicals.

    Neurodiversity Pride Day 

    June 16 2023

    June 16th is the new date for the 6th international day of pride for all neurodivergents. Let’s celebrate neurodiversity together!

    WHAt we Create

    The Foundation creates many tools, magazines, publications, websites, apps, talks, VR worlds, and so much more to foster the spirit of neurodiversity in society. Look around this website to see some of our projects. And if you have a great idea, a need, a request of a plan: contact us. We just may want to support you in your efforts. 

    What we offer

    Since the start of our organization, we had many requests of corporate, governmental and non-profit organizations and teams, to support them in the topic of neurodiversity. Each with their own request. The Neurodiversity Foundation serves the cause of the ability of neurodivergents to thrive, and/or the power of neurodiversity to manifest, and the work setting is one of our areas we facilitate. We have a list of services we can provide, and use the income to support our charitable projects of our focus areas. 

    Timeline of the Neurodiversity Foundation

    Vertical Timeline
    • Social Media Rising

      12 2022
      12 2022
      The channels from the Neurodiversity Foudation and the Neurodiversity Education...
    • NeuroEmerScent

      12 2022
      12 2022
      The annual supper is an event for the teammembers of...
    • NIP: First Pro-ND Unanimous Political Motion

      11 2022
      11 2022
      The party of the winner of the NIP award introduced...
    • New Websites

      11 2022
      11 2022
      To create a better digital presence, the foundation is reworking...
    • Together Randomizer

      10 2022
      10 2022
      The “Together Team” working on the social meetup project for...
    • NeuroEmergence Team Weekend

      10 2022
      10 2022
      To make a plan for 2023, the members of the...
    • Social Space of Autism from the Inside Conference

      09 2022
      09 2022
      The Neurodiversity Foundation, gifted their social gathering space to Paul...
    • Neurodiversity In Business Netherlands

      09 2022
      09 2022
      In the Netherlands, the founding members of which the Neurodiversity...
    • Stride Shirts

      08 2022
      08 2022
      The first prototypes of the Stride Shirt, for use during...
    • Neurodiversity Pride Day

      06 2022
      06 2022
      Celebrated for the last time on June 18th, the 5th...
    • Stride App

      05 2022
      05 2022
      In order to create the worlds first record attempt as...
    • Karol joins the Foundation

      04 2022
      04 2022
      Karol Henke, the former NVA chief, joins the Neurodiversity Foundation...
    • Brain Awareness Week / Neurodiversity Celebration Week

      03 2022
      03 2022
      The Neurodiversity Education Academy team, lead by Lana & Saskia,...
    • Foundational Anniversary

      02 2022
      02 2022
      On Februari 15th we had our 4th foundational anniversary of...
    • Neurodivergent Politics

      2 2022
      2 2022
      The Neurodiversity Foundation has started to assemble and pitch the...
    • Ambition Reloaded

      01 2022
      01 2022
      With new energy and zest, board meetings are held while...
    • Closing the Year

      12 2021
      12 2021
      We delayed our Annual Supper event, and looked back to...
    • Supporting Harvard Medical School Coaches

      11 2021
      11 2021
      Lana, the Chair of the foundation, presents for 300 participants...
    • Closing the Amstelveen Office

      10 2021
      10 2021
      Due to construction work, the temporary office of the Neurodiversity...
    • Brainy App in Dutch Language

      09 2021
      09 2021
      The Brainy App, downloaded more than a thousand users, is...
    • Partnering with USA

      08 2021
      08 2021
      In summer we met, and started the preparation and cooperation...
    • Cum Laude Level

      07 2021
      07 2021
      The foundation creates internships and research quests for the brightest...
    • Mikel Rijsdijk Grant

      06 2021
      06 2021
      In June 2021 the Mikel Rijsdijk Grant was initiated by...
    • Pride Universe of the Neurodiverse – Live!

      06 2021
      06 2021
      To celebrate Neurodiversity Pride Day, a enormeous undertaking was realized...
    • Neurodiversity Pride Day 2021

      06 2021
      06 2021
      The largest ever edition of Neurodiversity Pride Day was held...
    • Political History

      6 2021
      6 2021
      On June 17th, after a talk with the foundation, Dutch...
    • Sylvana Simons Wins Neuro Inclusive Politican Award

      06 2021
      06 2021
      Sylvana Simons, founder of the BIJ1 political party, has won...
    • Billboards for Neurodiversity Pride Day

      06 2021
      06 2021
      In the Schiphol Airport area, and in the Amsterdam downtown...
    • Secret Rave for Pride

      06 2021
      06 2021
      Dutch DJ Nozem recording a special set of his own...
    • New ambassador

      05 2021
      05 2021
      The foundation is delighted to share that Suzanne Agterberg joined...
    • Recording sessions of the Neurodiversity Pride Anthem

      04 2021
      04 2021
      For Neurodiversity Pride Day, a new music group was assembled...
    • Brain Awareness Week 2021

      03 2021
      03 2021
      To celebrate the Brain Awareness Week of 2021, the educational...
    • Neurodiversity Education Academy

      03 2021
      03 2021
      The Neurodiversity Education Academy has shaped up, and flexes her...
    • Stemadvies – Elections

      02 2021
      02 2021
      To make sure that the Dutch Parliament has neurodiverse friendly...
    • Stemadvies – Start of Campaign

      01 2021
      01 2021
      In a time of great division in our nation, the...
    • Annual Supper 2020

      12 2020
      12 2020
      As is tradition, we gathered at the end of the...
    • Locked down but safe

      12 2020
      12 2020
      In the second lockdown of the year, we decided to...
    • Gaming for neuro-inclusion

      11 2020
      11 2020
      A new project to create a game that fosters awareness,...
    • Amstelveen says Yes to Pride 2021

      10 2020
      10 2020
      On behalf of the city, Alderman van Ballegooijen, says ‘YES’...
    • Together Android app getting ready

      09 2020
      09 2020
      In fall we celebrated the achievements of the Together team...
    • Together Beta testing

      08 2020
      08 2020
      To test our latest build of Together App, spearheaded by...
    • Evaluating Pride

      07 2020
      07 2020
      After Pride Day itself, we evaluate each element, to see...
    • Neurodiversity Pride Day resultaten

      06 2020
      06 2020
      After the 3rd dutch edition of the Neurodiversity Pride Day,...
    • Neurodiversity Education Academy starts

      06 2020
      06 2020
      The Neurodiversity Education Academy is a place where you can...
    • Neurodiversity Pride Day 2020

      06 2020
      06 2020
      After months of preparation, the day of neurodivergent pride is...
    • First podcast

      06 2020
      06 2020
      In a first time for us to join a podcast,...
    • Social Media following

      06 2020
      06 2020
      Our facebook page got its 500th follower!
    • First secured Family intranet

      05 2020
      05 2020
      The technical project, leading to Family Signs App, had gotten...
    • New ‘Office’: Zoom calls

      04 2020
      04 2020
      Due to the Corona Virus, we cancelled our physical locations...
    • World Autism Awareness Day

      04 2020
      04 2020
      Due to Corona, many of the activities of Autism Awareness...
    • Support rewriting book

      03 2020
      03 2020
      ‘Gezond van Kop tot Teen’, is a informational book written...
    • Brain Awareness Week 2020

      03 2020
      03 2020
      Due to the start of the pandemic, all organized activities...
    • Quarantine Time!

      02 2020
      02 2020
      Due to the upcoming pandemic, we decided to ‘do the...
    • Meeting MindAffect

      02 2020
      02 2020
      In a supportive session with MindAffect, an assistive tech company...
    • 2nd Birthday

      02 2020
      02 2020
      A Virtual Slice of love pie for everyone! Today is...
    • Newsletter support for Pride

      02 2020
      02 2020
      In the newsletter of our friends of Impuls & Woortblind,...
    • Pride Friends at NLs main ADHD/Dyslexia organisation Impuls/Woortblind

      02 2020
      02 2020
      Invited by our friends at Impuls/Woortblind, Renee & Tjerk pitcht...
    • Heroes in Amsterdam

      02 2020
      02 2020
      On this day, in our meeting with Tjerk & Lana...
    • An offer we didn’t want to refuse

      2 2020
      2 2020
      The Athens Initiative is saying yes to working together with...
    • Supportsessions

      01 2020
      01 2020
      In January, we were invited to discuss options about implementing...
    • Youngest Dev joins the Work

      01 2020
      01 2020
      Tjerk & Boris making the plan for phase 2 of...
    • Family Signs promo #2

      07 2020
      07 2020
      Family Signs got its 2nd promotional video, this one made...
    • Design Your Life Kick off

      01 2020
      01 2020
      On the 7th of January 2020, the Design Your Life...
    • New Mayor, first office in Amstelveen

      01 2020
      01 2020
      Our first activity of the year, was to present ourselves...
    • Brainy MVP first tests

      12 2019
      12 2019
      Omotola showing the functionality of the Brainy MVP to the...
    • Annual Supper with the Team

      12 2019
      12 2019
      Once a year, the foundation (&2Tango) have a social dinner,...
    • Technological Roundtable

      12 2019
      12 2019
      Roundtable in Eindhoven with Edgar of Cor Wit Fonds and...
    • Brainy first prototype live!

      12 2019
      12 2019
      Brainy MVP Apps core functionality of registering brainy states is...
    • Core Values: love, diversity & connection

      12 2019
      12 2019
      As our extended foundational family reaches a total of 30...
    • Signs Remote prototype ready

      11 2019
      11 2019
      Our technical team forged the pototype of the Signs Remote...
    • Progress has many rythm

      11 2019
      11 2019
      At NVA congres, we met the founder of Ritme (An...
    • Signs Remote prototype tested

      11 2019
      11 2019
      21 November 2019 is the day that 100 students &...
    • Meewerken bij Eemland joins the Together project

      10 2019
      10 2019
      New Friends Dennis & Monica run a workfocussed centre for...
    • PRDWLK!

      09 2019
      09 2019
      Tjerk & Diantha taking a walk of pride, after meeting...
    • Marketing for Good

      09 2019
      09 2019
      At SWAP Day, we brainstormed ideas to promote Pride Day...
    • 2 Offices & 10 tech contributors

      09 2019
      09 2019
      Our ‘Shatterdome’ in Rotterdam (the name for the development area...
    • Showing what we’ve build

      08 2019
      08 2019
      One of our sponsors, the SIDN fund, invited Tjerk, Omotola...
    • Supported book published by author

      08 2019
      08 2019
      The ‘Junior Poepdokter’ is written by Nienke Gottenbos, a well-known...
    • Athenian Summer

      08 2019
      08 2019
      During the hot summer of 2019, the Athenians of 2Tango...
    • Board Meeting 2019

      07 2019
      07 2019
      Second boardmeeting of the year at the Eye with Lana, ...
    • Team Pride

      06 2019
      06 2019
      Team working on Brainy, Mini & Signs. This picture was...
    • Pride Event Amsterdam

      06 2019
      06 2019
      Workshop ‘Embrace your differentness’ on the Neurodiversity Pride Day, at...
    • Wall of Inclusion

      06 2019
      06 2019
      Deputy Mayor Marijn van Ballegooijen was the very first official...
    • Premiere Video series ‘Powerfully Different’

      06 2019
      06 2019
      The video series of the Neurodiversity Foundation made for Pride...
    • Rotterdam Pride Day Event: Codifying the first word of Signs

      06 2019
      06 2019
      The Neurodiversity Pride Day event in Rotterdam, had aTech meet-up...
    • Influencers Campaign for Pride

      06 2019
      06 2019
      First ‘Swipe Left’ post of the foundation, ever. The post...
    • Value of Female Autistics – Video series

      06 2019
      06 2019
      To illuminate the world with the real existence of many...
    • The many paths towards cooperations

      06 2019
      06 2019
      As we grow with the aims we wish to move...
    • Amstelveen joins Neurodiversity Pride

      05 2019
      05 2019
      Prepping and preparing for the Neurodiversiteitsrede, with representatives of the...
    • Preparing the We Are All Nuts campaign

      05 2019
      05 2019
      Preparation of the social influencer campagne,  sending packages with T-shirt, ...
    • Pride Day Brainstorm

      04 2019
      04 2019
      To prepare for Neurodiversity Pride Day, friends at Glimpse offered...
    • Brainy Shipped Worldwide

      04 2019
      04 2019
      With more and more requests from schools coming in, we...
    • Keynote for Autism week 2019 (NL)

      03 2019
      03 2019
      Tjerk gave a keynote to the NVA (Dutch association for...
    • Neurodiversity Pride Preparatory Planning

      03 2019
      03 2019
      The Neurodiversity Pride Day will be held on the 18th...
    • My Amazing Brain in classrooms – Brain Awareness Week

      03 2019
      03 2019
      To celebrate Brain Awareness Week, the Neurodiversity Foundation published the...
    • Brainy App

      03 2019
      03 2019
      For the new innovations we are creating, we are also...
    • Considering international partnerships

      03 2019
      03 2019
      To reach the level of 10 million users, we must...
    • Starting the supercomponents

      03 2019
      03 2019
      Deepdive day with the first days of specialists Georgia, Dominic...
    • Three wonderful persons join the Initiative

      02 2019
      02 2019
      On our first first Birthday, three new athenians officially started....
    • Neurodiversity Foundation presents at Data Science for Good

      02 2019
      02 2019
      The new collaboration organization for organizations that work with data...
    • Creation of the My Amazing Brain Magazine

      02 2019
      02 2019
      To support the move towards a more neurodiverse and inclusive...
    • New style of 2Tango.Dating demo

      02 2019
      02 2019
      Wybe is coding the 2Tango.Dating app, with the Together functionality,...
    • Speech therapists join the research

      02 2019
      02 2019
      From Eindhoven, three speech therapist who are ‘best at class’...
    • Grant for the Messenger prototype

      01 2019
      01 2019
      Since the research effort is going very well, the SIDN...
    • Neurodiversity Foundation annual supper

      12 2018
      12 2018
      On the annual supper,  members of the Neurodiversity Foundation come...
    • Data Scientists join the research

      11 2018
      11 2018
      To grow the research efforts, the ATHENS Initiative pitches their...
    • Happiness detection system

      11 2018
      11 2018
      The 2 winnings teams of the Qchallenge collect their prices,...
    • Product Manager joins the Initative

      11 2018
      11 2018
      Growing in ambition and enthusiasm, need a product manager to...
    • VR Experience for Sensory Overload

      11 2018
      11 2018
      The Hogeschool van Amsterdam joins the initiative, and in the...
    • Opening the stock exchange

      10 2018
      10 2018
      Neurodiversity Foundation & Ece & Tulpp opened the stock exchange.
    • Hackathon Q Challenge

      10 2018
      10 2018
      To celebrate the anniversary of Qualogy, they organize a Hackathon...
    • Meeting Sophia

      10 2018
      10 2018
      Hopeful to be leading researchers in our field one day...
    • Signs gamification team

      09 2018
      09 2018
      Research team for Signs learning & gamification opportunities. An excellent...
    • Commercial managers join the research

      08 2018
      08 2018
      To decide where we will ship our product to, is...
    • 2Tango receives grant from Citylab for 2Tango.Work

      07 2018
      07 2018
      2Tango was given a significant grant to research & build...
    • DevDay

      07 2018
      07 2018
      Devdays, short for Developer Day, are held monthly in either...
    • Making friends everywhere

      07 2018
      07 2018
      Because our ambitions of the ATHENS Initiative are bold, and...
    • Neurodiversity Pride Day

      06 2018
      06 2018
      On the 18th of June 2018, the Neurodiversity Pride Day...
    • Creation of visual works

      05 2018
      05 2018
      We needed a bright mind to create our core visual...
    • Funding the Foundation

      05 2018
      05 2018
      Winning the Big Pitch and getting the funds to start...
    • Board Meetings

      04 2018
      04 2018
      The foundation has three board meetings each year. On these...
    • Developer builds first Together prototypes

      03 2018
      03 2018
      One of our first developers Wybe, has allways been dedicated...
    • Foundation officially created

      02 2018
      02 2018
      On the 15th of February 2018 the Neurodiversity Foundation was...
    • Putting Neurodiversity on the political agenda

      02 2018
      02 2018
      ATHENS Initiative joins Merlijn Goldsack (Merlin Blue) and Saskia Buma...
    • Presenting at Inspirator

      02 2018
      02 2018
      At Inspirator, the newest upcoming healthcare initiative represent themselves, and...
    • Moving to the Third Office of the ATHENS Initiative

      11 2017
      11 2017
      Setting up the organizations 2Tango & Neurodiversity Foundation, as a...
    • CTO starts Mini.ai research

      11 2017
      11 2017
      A new research start to cover the issue of ‘dynamic...
    • Back to school

      11 2017
      11 2017
      After winning the Sustainable Healthcare Challenge, the team of early...
    • Showcasing solutions

      10 2017
      10 2017
      Showcasing our works to autistics results in them supporting our...
    • Second office

      10 2017
      10 2017
      Our second office was small, and shared with Burg Foods,...
    • Presentation at Health & Care day 2017

      10 2017
      10 2017
      “Dit is je uitnodiging….” Tjerk presents 2Tango Signs for 400...
    • Winning the Social Challenge

      09 2017
      09 2017
      A new competition: Social Challenge against Loneliness, spearheaded by the...
    • Joining global networks

      05 2017
      05 2017
      We can be alone, or we can find the smartest...
    • 2Tango wins Sustainable Healthcare Challenge 2017

      05 2017
      05 2017
      In a competition with over 100 applicants, 2Tango takes the...
    • Testing connection-based events

      04 2017
      04 2017
      The 2Tango organization is build upon 7 insights, that are...
    • Choosing the symbol for Signs

      04 2017
      04 2017
      The logo of our communication infrastructure Signs is inspired by...
    • Winning in the Hack the Government hackathon

      04 2017
      04 2017
      The neurodiverse team of Fons, Tjerk, Aleksandr and Dennis decide...
    • Early stage prototype selfmanagement app

      03 2017
      03 2017
      The first prototypes of the ‘tapping’ functionality of the Signs...
    • First cooperation with fellow autistics

      11 2016
      11 2016
      2Tango meets with Danny Beukers to pitch the 2Tango.Signs selfmanagement-app...

    Neurodiversity, means all of us.

    And neurodivergents? “That Is Family, Yo”.

     

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