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About Understood

Understood is the only lifelong guide for those who learn and think differently. Today, we reach more than 20 million people each year, helping them discover their potential, learn how to take control, find community, and stay on a positive path along each stage of life’s journey. Once learning and thinking differences are embraced, confidence is built, community is created, jobs become careers, and life is more fulfilling.

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Press releases
Apr 28, 2022

Understood, a social impact organization and lifelong guide for those with learning and thinking differences, like ADHD and dyslexia, today unveiled a comprehensive diversity, equity, and...

Apr 12, 2022

Among the 64% of Employees Who Say Their Employer Values Diversity, Only 47% Say This Includes Supporting Neurodivergent Individuals NEW YORK, April 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Understood, a social...

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Latest Initiatives



To further our mission of supporting, advocating for, and creating awareness around the 1 in 5 people who learn and think differently, Understood launched for/by: an ezine on Medium that aims to counter the misconceptions of learning and thinking differences by sharing real stories, perspectives, and experiences from neurodiverse individuals.


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The Understood Podcast Network


The Understood Podcast Network offers real talk and personal stories for and from people who learn and think differently. Our four podcasts bring new voices, perspectives, and visibility that you won’t get anywhere else.


In It

Listen to the joys and frustrations of supporting kids who learn and think differently. 



Hear stories about the single moment when it clicked that a person — or someone they know — has ADHD.


How'd You Get That Job?!

Explore the unique (and often unexpected) career paths of people who learn and think differently. 


The Opportunity Gap

Hear about how to close the opportunity gap for kids of color with learning and thinking differences, like dyslexia, ADHD, and more.


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Executive Thought Leaders
Fred Poses

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Nathan Friedman

Co-President & Chief Marketing Officer

Jenny Wu

Co-President & Chief Product Officer

Yvonne Cowser Yancy

Chief Administrative Officer & Head of Workplace

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Our experts

Learn more about our experts and their areas of focus

Amanda Morin

Subject Matter Expert, Understood 

Areas of expertise: special education, learning disabilities and ADHD, early intervention

Bob Cummingham, EdM

Executive Director, Learning Development, Understood

Areas of expertise: special education, learning disabilities and ADHD, school administration

Ellen Braaten, PhD

Executive Director, Learning and Emotional Assessment Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Areas of expertise: neuropsychology, mental health, learning disabilities, ADHD

Claudia Rinaldi, PhD

Joan Weiler Arnow ’49 Professor and Chair of Education Program, Lasell University

Areas of expertise: bilingual special education services, learning disabilities, and multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS)

Kristin J. Carothers, PhD

Clinician in Private Practice; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Morehouse School of Medicine

Areas of expertise: clinical psychology

Andrew Kahn, Psy.D

Subject Matter Expert, Psychology and Learning, Understood

Areas of expertise: special education, ADHD, social-emotional functioning, mental health


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Research and surveys

As children around the country return to school, the new Back to School Study by Understood and UnidosUS, the largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., finds that teachers and parents predict increased academic, mental health, and social and emotional challenges for learning.

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In April 2021, Understood unveiled a Pandemic Learning Impact Study with insights on how the shift to remote learning and the pandemic have affected children and families academically, emotionally, and financially.

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