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Developmental Adult Neuro-Diversity Association

Developmental Adult Neuro-Diversity Association

Charity information

Developmental Adult Neuro-Diversity Association

Developmental Adult Neuro-Diversity Association

DANDA: An organisation run by and for neuro-diverse people such as those with Dyspraxia, AD[H]D, Asperger Syndrome and Dyslexia.

Our Mission
Our mission is to be the voice for adults with neuro-diverse conditions: to represent them and promote their interests in the community and in the workplace; and to promote understanding of neuro-diversity among relevant professionals, including education, health and justice professionals.

Our strategic priorities

1 To help adults with Developmental Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Attention Deficit [Hyperactivity] Disorder (AD[H]D, Asperger Syndrome and related conditions reach their full potential by providing and working with others to improve practical and emotional support, particularly for those with conditions that have received less provision, such as Dyspraxia;

2 To raise awareness and understanding of these conditions in adulthood (in particular the assessment of them, their effects, their treatment and the inter-relationship between the different conditions);

3 To establish networks of groups to help adults with these conditions get involved in activities that include interaction, mutual support and education;

4 To build the capacity of DANDA as a national organization.


DANDA is the only user-led charity that addresses the needs of adults with multiple neuro-diverse conditions. Our aim is to help adults with neuro-diverse conditions of any type or combination to achieve their potential. This approach is pertinent because most neuro-diverse adults have more than one SPLD.

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 definition incorporates neuro-diverse adults, thus offering legal protection against discrimination. There are around 5 million people with neuro-diversity in the UK, many of whom face discrimination and barriers in their everyday lives.

Adults with neuro-diversity can require additional support and reasonable adjustments to be made in order that they can access and participate equally in all aspects of society. This access is not always available and can prevent neuro-diverse adults from reaching their full potential. There is a wealth of evidence to suggest that neuro-diverse adults can be exceptionally talented and skilled; and when reasonable adjustments are made they can be productive and talented colleagues and community members.

Founded 2003