Organization Draws Dozens to Celebrate Recent Launch and Promote Awareness of Neurodiversity Among Teens

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Founded on the principles of acceptance and inclusion, Feed Your Friends took to the beach their celebration of cognitive diversity.

Dozens came out to support, Sunday Funday at the Beach for Feed Your Friends, a new organization celebrating its’ launch in Marina Del Rey this Sunday, July 28, 2013. Feed Your Friends is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization promoting community and acceptance of neurodiversity among teenagers by offering inclusion-focused activities, events, and peer mentorship opportunities.

The young crowd gathered on a public stretch of beach at the end of Via Marina where they spent the afternoon building sand castles, playing with beach balls, and practicing their moves in a Hula-Hoop Jam sponsored by Hoopnotica. Contest winners received FYF limited-edition tee-shirts and raffle winners got to take home unique experience prizes, including a VIP Warner Bros Studio Tour, Complimentary Dinner for 2 at Maggiano’s, and an afternoon adventure with Lisa Baumgartner of Lucky Dog LA.

The beach bash featured live blues sounds by Craney Crow and a soulful performance by Track 1 – a West LA-based all-teen, acoustic string band. Guests enjoyed delicious casual fare, provided by Enzo’s Pizzeria and Jamaica’s Cakes.

ABOUT FEED YOUR FRIENDS:

Feed Your Friends is a nonprofit organization comprised of teachers, aides, and activists that are passionate about promoting neurodiversity and community among teenagers. FYF organizes local events/activities, day trips, and peer mentorship workshops to provide teens with and without special needs an opportunity to practice their social skills and build lasting friendships. FYF is committed to developing partnerships and promoting organizations that are a source of unique experiences, healing modalities, and inspiration for young people of all cognitive levels and abilities.

ABOUT NEURODIVERSITY:

Neurodiversity is an approach to learning and disability which suggests that diverse neurological conditions appear as a result of normal variations in the human genome. This term was coined in the late 1990s as a challenge to prevailing views of neurological diversity as inherently pathological, and it asserts that neurological differences should be recognized and respected as a social category on a par with gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability status. Examples of these differences can include (but are not limited to) attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, dyscalculia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, Tourette's syndrome, and others.

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