Neurodiversity in Colour

Motivation: Our goal is to to highlight written work from neurodivergent people of colour. In particular, we want to include articles and essays written by neurodivergent people of colour, interviews featuring neurodivergent people of colour, and research papers that focus on the perspectives of neurodivergent people of colour. Currently, our directory is particularly focused on autistic people of colour.

We specifically want to create a database that is easily searchable by author identity, geographic location/countries discussed, article topic, and article type. We hope that this will be helpful for individuals who are looking for writings from authors with shared experience or identities; as well as for researchers.

Who are we?: This directory is created by Morénike Giwa Onaiwu and Sam Brandsen, with acknowledgements to Shubha Balaeber for assistance in teaching Sam how to create an AirTable directory. Morénike is a Black non-binary woman of Yoruba Caboverdiano descent who is autistic. Sam is a white, Canadian-American autistic man. The selection of articles was largely guided by Morénike’s input or knowledge of other lists such as

The summarising of articles and compilation of articles into a table was primarily done by Sam.

General Feedback: We welcome any form of feedback at . If you are a neurodivergent person of colour who would like to add your article to our directory (or if you would like your article to be taken off of our directory), please feel free to email us at .

On content notes: Many of the articles in our directory discuss sensitive content, and particularly discuss racism and ableism. Likewise, some of the articles in our directory contain portions that we do not agree with or find harmful, but nonetheless include for the sake of providing a comprehensive database.  

We welcome feedback on how to best structure our database. Our current approach has been to add content notes to the description of each item so that users can make an informed decision about whether to read it. 

With that said, content notes are somewhat subjective and all content notes are added by Sam who may unintentionally be bringing his own biases into the reading of each item. Logistically, we have multiple items in our database and although we try to scan each article carefully, it is possible that we miss something. We welcome suggestions for content notes to add. 

Finally, we realise that potentially sensitive content can occur in varying degrees (e.g. a brief general mention of ableism versus an in-depth discussion or graphic example of ableism.) We aim to apply a content note for almost any discussion of ableism, racism, or other sensitive topics but (where possible) we try to add an additional descriptor indicating articles that go into detail on these topics. 

A note about the 0-5 scale: Users are welcome to search for articles via keywords in the description. We have also created categories of commonly searched articles, with the aim of helping users find articles that focus on or discuss those categories. Each article is given a score from 0 to 5 for these categories (e.g. “mental health”)— the score is not a quality score, but rather a reflection of how much the article discusses that particular topic!