What’s Up With American Badass Advocates?

Society, the final frontier, these are the advocates who boldly go where no neuro-atypical has gone before … social integration and neurodiversity acceptance.

American Badass Advocates is a peer-led organization focused on campaigns, projects and other initatives to support the Neurodiversity Civil Rights Movement. #nothingaboutuswithoutus

It’s human to think different.

What is Neurodiversity? So glad you asked.

neurodiversity dailyWikipedia.org says it the most direct | “Neurodiversity is an approach to learning and disability that suggests that diverse neurological conditions appear as a result of normal variations in the human genome.[1]“

Nick Walker, neurocosmopolitanism.com | Neurodiversity is the diversity of human brains and minds – the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species.

The idea that there is one “normal” or “healthy” type of brain or mind or one “right” style of neurocognitive functioning, is no more valid than the idea that there is one “normal” or “right” gender, race or culture – Nick Walker, September 2014

And What’s The Neurodiversity Movement? 

Nick Walker, neurocosmopolitanism.com | The Neurodiversity Movement is a social justice movement that seeks civil rights, equality, respect, and full societal inclusion for the neurodivergent.

colourful human eyeWikipedia.org According to Andrew Fenton and Tim Krahn, proponents of neurodiversity strive to reconceptualize autism and related conditions in society by the following measures: acknowledging that neurodiversity does not require a cure; changing the language from the current “condition, disease, disorder, or illness”-based nomenclature and “broaden[ing] the understanding of healthy or independent living”; acknowledging new types of autonomy; and giving non-neurotypical individuals more control over their treatment, including the type, timing, and whether there should be treatment at all.[20]

 The idea that there is one “normal” or “healthy” type of brain or mind or one “right” style of neurocognitive functioning, is no more valid than the idea that there is one “normal” or “right” gender, race or culture – Nick Walker, September 2014


When Did Neurodiversity Movement Get Started?

Quick History via Wikipedia.org | According to Jaarsma and Welin (2011), the “neurodiversity movement was developed in the 1990s by online groups of autistic persons.

It is now associated with the struggle for the civil rights of all those diagnosed with neurological or neurodevelopmental disorders.”[4] The term neurodiversity also represents a move away from the “mother-blaming” or refrigerator mother theories of the 20th century.[24]

The neurodiversity paradigm was initially embraced by individuals on the autism spectrum,[4] but subsequent groups have applied the concept to conditions that aren’t on the autism spectrum such as bipolarity,[25][26] ADHD,[27] schizophrenia,[28] schizoaffective disorder, sociopathy,[29] circadian rhythm disorders,[citation needed] developmental speech disorders, Parkinson’s disease, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysnomia, intellectual disability,[30] obsessive–compulsive disorder, and Tourette syndrome.[27][31]

The term is attributed to Judy Singer, an Australian social scientist on the autism spectrum,[4] and it first appeared in print in an article by journalist Harvey Blume (which did not credit Singer)[6] in The Atlantic on September 30, 1998:[32]

16601750_10154196163597823_1205737505036643963_o (1)About Us

Eve Hinson | Badass Founder, Executive Director & Editor-in-Chief

Eve Hinson is an Autistic activist, speaker, writer and artist. Also the founder of AmericanBadassAdvocates.org

She launched the site in April 2016 after an incredibly successful protest, #TheReal5150 campaign, against institutionalized stigma promoted in grocery stores by an energy drink.

Today she focuses on sharing her lived-experience with PTSD and Functional Neurological Disorder to law enforcement, first responders, and students. Eve has been trained by Each Mind Matters and NAMI on advocacy and how to help break the stigma of living with a severe mental illness.

She’s also a current board member for Resources for Independence Central Valley (RICV), a past board member of NAMI Fresno, and Area 8 Board California State Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Eve is a medicinal cannabis patient and advocate too.

In her previous life, she participated in the wave of technology that changed the world and loved it. It all began at fresnobee.com in 1996.



Rhonda Wirzberger | Badass Co-Founder & Managing Partner

rhondaBefore co-founding American Badass Advocates, Rhonda managed finance, administration, and human resources at international non-profits headquartered in Washington, DC. She is a former NAMI Fresno board member and was the NAMIWalks Fresno Walk Manager in 2016.

She has shared her personal experience living of living with a mental health condition several hundred law enforcement officers and paramedics as part of their Crisis Intervention Training (CIT).

In addition to managing the operations of ABA, she is currently the Chief Financial Officer for a healthcare industry corporation.

Contact | Rhonda@AmericanBadassAdvocates.org

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