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Contributor spotlight

“Give in to the treatment. Stop fighting it. It never helps to say it just gets better or this is just a crappy phase in your life.”

  • In the workforce (Understood staff)

  • Aspiring comedian

  • Differences: ADHD, OCD

More about Ben

“What has been done should be less of a concern than what could be done.”

  • In the workforce

  • Published author, advocate for better representation of queer people of color

  • Differences: ADHD, dyslexia

More about Ryan

“Embrace your difference, and show the world that you are capable, successful, and empowered.”

  • In grad school

  • Expert in all things self-advocacy

  • Differences: Dyscalculia (math), anxiety

More about Savannah

“If I could I would but I can so I will.”

  • In the workforce

  • DJ/artist, software developer; a blend of nature and technology

  • Differences: ADHD, anxiety, hyperthyroidism

More about Crystal

“Trust me—if I can do this, then I know for sure you can!”

  • In grad school

  • Passionate about advocacy, education reform, and community

  • Differences: Dyslexia, dyscalculia (math), ADHD

More about Atira

“Only an attention-deficit hyperactive 8-year-old would manage to swallow an entire Tostitos chip without chewing first.”

  • In college

  • Camp counselor, theater addict

  • Differences: ADHD, processing speed, dysgraphia (writing)

More about Henry

“You’ll never unlock your full potential unless you accept your differences and learn how to manipulate them to your benefit.”

  • In college

  • Premed student, philosophy enthusiast, table tennis fan

  • Differences: ADHD

More about Shadi

“What is your loudest voice? It took me so long to accept art as mine. Whatever it may be, we all have a voice in us and it isn’t a linear path to finding your own.”

  • In the workforce

  • Muay Thai fighter, freelance artist, loves to create

  • Differences: ADHD, OCD, anxiety, physical challenges, avoiding self-sabotage

More about Ilena

“Glorified nerd for all things comics, film, and television. A writer of all things fantastically strange.”

  • In the workforce

  • Writing books since 2008, avid comic book and cosplay fan

  • Differences: Dyslexia, anxiety

More about Mimi

“ADHD runs in my family, but I’m the first generation to get tested and seek treatment.”

  • In the workforce

  • Obsessed with 3D animation, bass player in a band (The Ophelias)

  • Differences: ADHD, trouble with math

More about Jo

“I have all this energy to burn—and I don’t know where it comes from. Imagine 80 open tabs on Chrome: That’s how my mind has always worked.”

  • In the workforce

  • Candidate for public office, freelancer writer, passionate about education reform

  • Differences: ADHD

More about Andrea

“I want anyone reading this to understand that you may not be perfect—but if you are failing and learning, you are so much better than perfect.”

  • In the workforce 

  • Preschool teacher; loves watercolors, cooking, and writing poetry

  • Differences: Dyslexia, processing speed

More about Olivia

“In life, there are two routes you can go down. There’s the route traveled by most. Then there’s the route everyone is scared of. Don’t try to fit in.”

  • Starting college

  • Focused on becoming a world-class journalist, enjoys sports and video games

  • Differences: ADHD, autism, social anxiety

More about Jay