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Our mission at Understood, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is to help people who learn and think differently thrive. One way we do that is by providing articles on to a wide range of users, from families to educators to young adults. 

Our articles are created for informational and educational purposes. They’re not meant to take the place of professional or medical advice.  

We work every day to make sure our articles are accurate and based on credible sources. We hold ourselves to the following editorial standards.

Accurate and credible

Every article we produce is reviewed by one or more of our 40-plus Understood Experts. They work to ensure that our information is factually correct and up-to-date. They also check that we’re giving the right information in the right context.


If content in an article is inaccurate or outdated, we review it and update or revise it as quickly as possible. We welcome comments, questions, and concerns. Contact us at


We want the content in our articles to be welcoming and easy to access. That’s why we use clear, simple language. Whenever we can, we keep our content at a conversational eighth-grade reading level or below. Learn more about our commitment to accessibility


The content in our articles isn’t influenced by any industry or corporate interests. If we recommend products or tools, we don’t get paid for mentioning them. And we don’t endorse any companies or products. We’re not affiliated with any pharmaceutical companies and don’t accept donations or other funds from them.

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