We aim for...

A society where people don't need to be "normal"

Where each person with different neurotype can live their own life happily
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We are the first Japanese NPO to promote Neurodiversity, which consists of members of various neurotypes

For organizations and companies working on neurodiversity

We aim to realize neurodiversity through various means, referring to papers and overseas initiatives, and we are also engaged in our own projects such as the Pattern Language Project.
However, since there is still little information in Japanese on neurodiversity and efforts in Japan have just begun, we are looking for international partners. If you are interested, please send an email to common@dioden.org.

We aim to create a society where the diversity of neurotype is embraced and respected
...what we like to do and what we don't like to do
What kind of method and what kind of environment suits us,
What we are good at and what we are not good at
the degree to which we like, the degree to which we are good at,
and Even the extent to which we dislike it and the extent to which we are not good at it ...
Each person is really different

But most of the time, there is only a way of life which is regarded as "normal" * .
And people who are different from those around them are...

Forced to try to fit in with those around them. or...

If the current environment and methods are a burden, Apply to be certified as "developmentally disabled" (although some people are not eligible)

However, is the way of being and environment that is currently considered "normal" the only correct one?

Are we an "unavoidable sacrifice" even in today's world where not only being "everyone is the same" but also diversity is valued?

Sufferings in the Data

about $ 900 / month
Monthly Salaries for "Developmentally Disabled Persons" in "Disability Employment System (Japan)" is much lower than average, so that independent living is difficult. *

about 70 %
Unemployed / Significantly underestimated *

A survey of people on the autism spectrum

about 66 %
Suicidal ideation *

people who is Asperger's Syndrome *

about 9.6 times
Suicide rate *

Survey on people with Asperger's Syndrome

about 77 %
Who Have Been Bullied *

A study in Canada found that people on the autism spectrum, especially high-functioning people who "do not need special support," have been bullied. Another study found that autism spectrum disorder and ADHD are much more strongly associated with bullying victimization than other disorders*. *

Cases not eligible for support, discrimination, sexual assault...

Then, we launched our NPO because

This is how the NPO DiODEN started. and

DiODEN is Japan's first NPO promoting "neurodiversity"

What is neurodiversity?

Each of us has different neurological traits (way of cognition and thinking). However, in contrast to such diversity, in modern times

You can take it as a situation.

Neurodiversity, which was born from the awareness of this problem,
Neurological traits, like sexual orientation and race, are part of normal diversity, and each trait should be treated with fair respect in society.

This is a new way of thinking (paradigm) and a human rights movement that began in the 1990s with people with Asperger's syndrome. This way of thinking is based on the idea that “difficulties in life lie in society.” ( For details, see the DiODEN blog Please take a look at it as well.)

Philosophy of DiODEN

We aim to create a society in which people with minor neurological characteristics such as Asperger's, ADHD, gifted including 2E can play an active role in their own way, have confidence, and do not have to suffer any more. for that purpose, neurodiversity A "society without difficulties in life" where

Asperger's (autistic spectrum), ADHD, gifted, and other minorities, such as those with tendencies, are not discriminated against structurally or directly in society, and education and work that suit their characteristics. that the environment of

I think that is necessary. and it is, It should also benefit society We believe that (more specifically, 6 Proposals for a Society without Difficulties Please see


To that end, we aim to create an environment, culture, and system that respects diverse characteristics, and a society in which individuals with different developmental characteristics can make the most of their strengths and compensate for their weaknesses. And a society that can adapt and innovate in today's complex and ever-changing world by having neurologically diverse perspectives.

 Image photo of a society where people with different developmental characteristics take advantage of their strengths and compensate for their weaknesses

This is because such a society creates value by not excluding diversity, so we believe that minorities can actually choose appropriate wages, environments, education, work styles, and jobs. is


as a theme for all of us

1 in 10 has a developmental disability

According to a survey by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, 9.8% of children in the regular class (not the special needs class) are likely to have a "developmental disorder" at the time of the first grade of elementary school. * . According to a survey in the United States, 11% of children are diagnosed with ADHD, a type of developmental disorder. * .

In addition, the tendency of atypical development (developmental disorders) such as Asperger's and ADHD is distributed in a gradation in human beings, and although there are differences in the degree of gradation and the degree of "difficulty in living", many people have the tendency. exists. Therefore, even without a diagnosis or awareness, there must be some people who find it difficult to live.

 Continuous distribution of autism spectrum trends across the population
▲ Traits are continuously distributed to all people
Source: Nikkei Business (https://business.nikkei.com/atcl/seminar/19/00112/00041/?P=3 viewed on August 4, 2022)
There is no "perfectly average brain"

No one should be "average in every aspect" of their various neurological characteristics. And to begin with, we all have different brains. DiOEDN believes that we are all “participants” in neurodiversity.

Business content

Neurodiversity pattern production project
When it comes to the practice of neurodiversity, you may have the image that it is difficult unless you are an organization such as a university or a company that has the authority to adjust the environment. On the other hand, there are people who are lively and lively by making use of their characteristics even while facing various difficulties.
In this project, we will examine what these people are doing, the surrounding environment, and the responses of the people around them. pattern language We aim to support the practice of neurodiversity by extracting the tips that are common to lively things and sharing them using technology to utilize them.
Click here for details
Establishment of Japan's first specialized media for neurodiversity
Disseminating information on neurodiversity from the awareness that the fact that "information on neurodiversity in languages other than English is overwhelmingly lacking in Japan" hinders advanced initiatives and lively discussions. is a blog Neurodiversity News launched
An online community that you can join anytime, anywhere
(Published in September 2022)
It is a neurodiversity Discord community that is easy for those who do not have a real party association or self-help association nearby or who feel the hurdles to participate, and can participate regardless of whether they have a diagnosis or not. The purpose is to improve the QOL of members through information sharing, etc.
Click here for details
A hub of information on "developmental disorders" where everyone can share knowledge
From the awareness of the problem that there is a lack of systematic information on "developmental disorders" and it is difficult for people with disabilities to access sufficient information, Wiki site to share information with everyone created
Other business
  • Official Twitter account At , we provide information that may be useful to those involved, and introduce DiODEN's activities, events, blog articles, etc.
  • We are planning to publish a book on neurodiversity based on blog articles, etc.
  • Ultimately, we are planning to start a social venture that aims to develop and disseminate a sustainable employment system that respects neurodiversity and to employ people with fair wages and environments.

"A society without difficulties in life"
Would you like to aim?

In order to realize a society in which current and future people will no longer suffer from the difficulties of living and can live a life for themselves, I would like to carry out activities aimed at society as a whole, based on the actual situation. I am thinking.

Would you like to try trial and error together at our NPO aiming for Japan's first neurodiversity?


  1. There may be other options in the system, but options other than the main ones have various disadvantages and obstacles, and may be disadvantageous.
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    Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare: “[Document 3] Current status of support for children with disabilities”
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