Inspired by the help she received when moving into her first apartment from her followers on TikTok, Nicole Parish pitched the idea of finding a way to get free autism sensory kits to autistics who couldn’t afford sensory tools on their own. Over a year later Mandi Eatough, then at the end of her graduate studies, was looking for a new project to work on after she graduated when she remembered this same video. It was shortly after this that The S.T.I.M. Project was founded.
The S.T.I.M. Project is an autistic led non-profit organization with the sole objective of providing Sensory Tools (S.T.) and Informational Materials (I.M.) directly to autistic people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford them at no cost to them.
An autism diagnosis can be extremely overwhelming and expensive. Some of the things that help many autistics are sensory tools that help to manage/prevent overstimulation which can lead to meltdowns and shutdowns. Many autistics who need these tools don’t have the financial resources needed to get these tools on their own.
That’s where our S.T.I.M. packs come in!
Each S.T.I.M. Pack contains over $300 worth of tools and materials which are provided at no cost to autistics in need.
Mandi Eatough – Founder & Director of Operations
Mandi (she/her) is a disability advocate, writer, and analytic researcher. She will soon complete her master’s degree in political science with a specialization in disability politics. Her special interests include disability rights and politics, storytelling, and theatrical performance.
Nicole Parish – Founder & Director of Community Outreach
Nicole (she/her) is a disability advocate. She has been sharing her experiences with disability online with her 2.7M followers on her TikTok @soundoftheforest for the past two years. Her special interest is in entomology and art.
George Fearing – Director of Advocacy
George Fearing (He/They) is an educator, author, and storyteller. He studied psychology at the University of Washington before spending several years working as an instructor and paraeducator. George’s special interests include ethology, the ocean, tabletop role-playing games, and the written word.
Riley Kalt – Director of Development
Riley (all pronouns) is a social media creator focused on disability advocacy and spreading autistic joy on their account (@sourpatchriley). Her special interests include animated media, psychology, and video games like Minecraft and The Sims 4.
High resolution versions of the following images and videos are available for media and press use here.
THE S.T.I.M. PROJECT LOGO
@THESOUNDOFTHEFOREST ORIGINAL TIKTOK VIDEO
EXECUTIVE TEAM MEMBER PHOTOS
Givebutter Startup Fund – givebutter.com/STIMstartup
Facebook (The STIM Project) – facebook.com/profile.php?id=100092221271091
Instagram (@thestimproject) – instagram.com/thestimproject
TikTok (@thestimproject) – tiktok.com/@thestimproject
Twitter (@thestimproject) – twitter.com/thestimproject