ION’s vision is to be a significant part of developing a world where Neuro diverse individuals are spotlighted for positive things as opposed to negative and to help create a world where Neuro diverse individuals feel accepted, represented, included, empowered and heard.
This in turn will help change the trajectory of Neuro diverse children and their families when they see images of themselves spotlighted positively.
ION is creating a global Neurodiversity community where we are all accepted for who we are and where differences are embraced and celebrated. Through ION Neurodiverse individuals and our allies are coming together to have a voice and agency in the world.
Our values and guidance
In everything we do we strive for equality and equity for all. Everyone should be able to bring their whole them to the table. Authenticity is the single most important quality of living. Know and accept yourself and your values and remain true to yourself and them. Being able to live authentically is core to an equal world.
Be kind and strong at the same time. Advocating with passionate, personal devotion on something that deeply matters, combined with having unswerving commitment tempered by respect, kindness, and compassion, will generate a powerful force for good.
Leaving a worthy legacy for your community and the world. Recognise that we all have responsibility to enrich the lives of others. Generously devote voice, position, and resources to advance the greater good.
Honesty above all, say what you mean and mean what you say. Communicate in an open, transparent, and honest way. Willingly accept responsibility by admitting a mistake or an error in judgement, in a timely fashion. Hold people and yourself accountable when words do not match actions. Celebrate the successes of other people, strengthening bonds of unity through creative expression and traditions.
Being human requires constant courage. We need to be true to ourselves with an inner clarity centred in core beliefs, grounded in ethics, and honed through reflection. Live with a sense of purpose, pursued with integrity. Be willing to stand alone and speak your truth, to question assumptions and challenge the status quo when needed. Have determination to act honourably, consistent with your values, even in the face of fear or loss.
Everyone deserves equal human respect. Treat others how you want to be treated yourself. Be considerate and kind, honouring the feelings, opinions, and property of others. Value the gifts each individual brings, with a perspective that is global and a spirit that is inclusive. Deepen understanding, awareness, and knowledge through diversity and differences. Encourage participation from those who are underrepresented. Acknowledge that any person in front of you knows something you don’t and exercise the art of listening to deepen your ability to learn from others. Collaborate for the better of people and the planet.
The Institute of Neurodiversity’s PURPOSE is to influence for an equal, inclusive world in which neuro diverse people are well understood, represented, and valued equally to all other people.
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