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About Understood

Understood is a nonprofit focused on shaping the world for difference. We raise awareness of the challenges, skills, and strengths of people who learn and think differently. Our resources help people navigate challenges, gain confidence, and find support and community so they can thrive. Together, we can build a world where everyone can reach their full potential.

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Press releases
Oct 12, 2023

Today, in honor of Learning Disabilities Awareness Month,, the nonprofit dedicated to supporting the 70 million people in the United States with learning and thinking differences,...

Aug 15, 2023

87% of parents of children under 18 say the back-to-school season causes them stress and anxiety. Parents of neurodivergent children are more likely to feel stressed, unprepared, scared, and...

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Latest tools and resources

Understood Explains podcast returns for Season 2

The Understood Podcast Network is bringing back its limited series podcast, Understood Explains, for a second season: ADHD Diagnosis in Adults, exploring the ins and outs of diagnosing adults with ADHD. In each episode, host Dr. Roberto Olivardia shares his knowledge and expertise on adult ADHD diagnosis, both from his medical background and from personal lived experience.


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Wunder by Understood app

Introducing Wunder: a free, first-of-its-kind community app designed to help parents feel less alone, more supported, and more confident in navigating learning and thinking differences. Unlike other platforms or resources online, Wunder is a safe space for parents to gather tips and educational resources on learning and thinking differences, seek advice from experts, and share personal stories of triumph or frustration with other caregivers – because that’s what being in an authentic community is all about. 

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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

Rahul Rao

Co-President & Chief Technology Officer

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Our experts

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Andrew Kahn, Psy.D

Associate Director, Behavior Change & Expertise, Understood

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


Bob Cummingham, EdM

Executive Director, Learning Development, Understood

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

Sarah Greenberg, MEd, MFT, BCC

Executive Director of Behavior Change & Expertise, Understood

Areas of expertise: mental health & wellbeing at work, prevention, coaching

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

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Research and surveys

The “Neurodiversity and Social Media Study,” conducted with The Harris Poll, found that while Americans think social media helps build awareness and community around learning and thinking differences like ADHD and dyslexia, it can also play a role in spreading misinformation and perpetuating stigmas.

The Neurodiversity and Stigma Study found that while a majority of parents believe learning and thinking differences are real, parents still believe in stigmas and false narratives around these disabilities. These stigmas negatively impact children’s mental health and often prevent parents from taking action to support their kids.

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