One of my favorite online retailers, ThinkGeek, and one of my favorite organizations, Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) have teamed up this month. Until the end of April, when you purchase this Neurodiversity v4.0 shirt, 100% of the proceeds go to ASAN. As someone who isn’t “neurotypical” and feels that neurodiversity makes the world a much better place, I truly appreciate the design and message behind this shirt.
From the company’s website:
Everyone’s brain is wired in a unique way. It’s what makes you YOU. And your mind is our favorite part of you. It’s what makes you our smart masses. So here at ThinkGeek World Domination HQ, we’re all about embracing the differences in neurological configurations. Whether you have been diagnosed with autism or are a “neurotypical,” you have ADHD, are bipolar, whoever you are, whatever unique configuration of neurons makes you you, we think you’re pretty awesome, just the way you are.
Can I tell you how excited I am about this? You probably already know how super ThinkGeek is. I’m forever wishing for 100 products on their site, and shop there a few times a year. Their sales are really out of this world, and my wallet is eternally grateful. My home is a better place thanks to ThinkGeek. Where else can you shop for your Star Wars kitchen, Doctor Who bathroom, and find a majestic unicorn rug to really tie the room together? And, of course, they carry gobs of Her Universe attire, which makes me smile so much my cheeks hurt.
You may not know what ASAN does, but you should. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a nonprofit organization run by and for autistic people. They advocate for disability rights and are frequently involved in the political arena. So often organizations don’t include those they supposedly represent, which makes ASAN stand out. It’s inspiring to see ASAN in motion, making real change in the world, while never silencing those in the community they’re fighting for. Their mission statement sums it up far better than I could:
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which Autistic people enjoy the same access, rights, and opportunities as all other citizens. We work to empower Autistic people across the world to take control of our own lives and the future of our common community, and seek to organize the Autistic community to ensure our voices are heard in the national conversation about us. Nothing About Us, Without Us!
So grab a shirt, support a great cause, and maybe even start a conversation when you sport your Neurodiversity tee. Or, if you tend to shy away from contact with strangers like me, you can just look really cool avoiding any conversation while grabbing your chai latte at the coffee shop.