The Kind Theory symbol. It's two interlocked infinity symbols (which are each shaped like sideways 8s), symbolizing endless connection and neurodiversity.

If everyone is moving forward together, the path becomes easier to walk on! Together we can do so much.

An effective team is the pillar of every organization. And that is what we at Kind Theory stand for too. We are a team of diverse and motivated individuals who are dedicated to working towards promoting neurodiversity education.

Our team consists of individuals who have the lived experiences of being neurodivergent themselves. Through their experiences and knowledge, we continue to work to make the neurodivergent voices heard. Not just that, our team consists of members who are culturally and neurodevelopmentally diverse as well, bringing an entirely new experience to the Kind Theory cause. We are partnering with organizations that are working for the same cause. All of us believe in the power of inclusion and the beauty of neurodiversity.

Together with kindness, collaboration, and openness to innovative ideas, we do not just learn from each other, but we also inspire each other to do better.

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Samar Waqar

Founder/Executive director

Samar is a passionate neurodiversity advocate. While she was diagnosed as an adult, her childhood was inherently spent knowing and believing within her heart that she was different. She only formally pursued an evaluation after the diagnosis of her son. Samar has two neurodivergent children and is super proud of them. Samar has an MBA degree with a focus on Project Management and is currently pursuing an ALM (Liberal Arts Masters) in Psychology.

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Dr. Laura Z. Weldon

Board chair

Laura Z. Weldon, ND, MS is a neurodivergent naturopathic physician who loves exploring how people think, feel, sense, and connect. Dr. Weldon earned a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and a master’s degree in integrative mental health. Her interdisciplinary research currently focuses on the pathophysiology and treatment of autistic burnout, and her work advocates for a neurodiversity paradigm shift across both medicine and society.

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Morenike Giwa Onaiwu

Board member

Morenike Giwa Onaiwu is a global advocate, educator, disabled person of color, and parent of children on the autism spectrum. She is A prolific writer and social scientist/activist whose work focuses on intersectional justice, meaningful community involvement, human rights, and inclusion, Morénike is recognized as a leader in various social justice activism endeavors.

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Kashif Hameed Qureshi

Board member

Kashif Hameed Qureshi is a Performance Engineering Manager at Paycor Inc. He has a Masters of Science degree in Project Management. Kashif is also a philanthropist and supports people in need in developing countries. Working in corporate America for years has made Kashif realize how corporations lack a pragmatic approach toward neurodiversity inclusion

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Amun Malik

Operations Specialist

Amun Malik is an enthusiastic student majoring in psychology, energetic and keenly motivated to learn and experience new things.  She enjoys working with kids and believes in empowering and accepting neurodiversity, so when the opportunity to be a part of Kind Theory came, she took it in a heartbeat.

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Ayesha Ijaz

Content developer

Ayesha is a Psychologist with a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. She loves poetry and identifies as a highly sensitive person. She loves cats and is actively involved in rescuing animals in need. Ayesha believes in the power of empathy and the beauty of inclusion.

Content Contributors

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Amy Burden

Amy Burden is a Family Nurse Practitioner, Health Content Writer, and an ally to the neurodivergent community. She has a passion for helping people and enjoys volunteering her time to advocate for education, accessibility, and kindness.

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Emily Morson

Emily M. is a writer fascinated by the infinite variety of human minds. She grew up inexplicably different and was diagnosed as an adult with several forms of neurodivergence, including ADHD and an auditory discrimination disability. Feeling as if she were living life without a user manual, she set out to create her own. In the process, she met other neurodivergent people on similar quests.

She began working with
them, advocating for inclusion, accessibility, and autism acceptance.
Seeking to understand how neurodiverse minds work, she became a cognitive neuroscience researcher. Her favorite research topic: what do children learn from their intense, passionate interests? Wanting to help neurodivergent people more directly, she trained as a speech/language therapist.
Ultimately, she turned to writing, combining research with personal experience to explain autism and ADHD and champion acceptance – because everyone is happier when they are seen and accepted for who they are.

She envisions a world where neurodiverse people have equal opportunities for education, loving relationships, and meaningful work. She also blogs about autism and ADHD research at Mosaic of Minds. You can chat with her on Twitter:
@mosaicofminds.

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Jilly Wainer

Jilly Wainer is a writer with her Bachelor’s in Political Science.  She received her diagnosis as an adult, but it was not a surprise as she always felt different from her peers.  She has always been driven by her curiosity and empathy, so after her diagnosis working to make the world more inclusive and accepting seemed like a no-brainer.