Founded in 2013 by Joseph Mathew, Ph.D, the American Center for Intellectual and Diverse Disorders (now known as AWAIYR) is an ongoing dream to promote the mental health of millions of Americans and those affected globally, 1 in 5 Americans, who have serious and persistent mental illnesses continues to be the focus. It also focuses on the 35% of people who have Intellectual Disability and co-occurring Mental Disorders in the US. For 20 years, Dr. Mathew managed another non-profit organization for individuals with Developmental Disabilities (CSC) in Maryland. He founded and headed the Center for Social Change from 1993 until he launched ACIDD in 2013 for people with Mental Disorders and co-occurring Intellectual disabilities. AWAIYR is his new focus on mental health globally. it challenges many traditional ways of service. It questions many adversaries in the field for new thinking.
AWAIYR has an experienced, voluntary Board of Directors that have previous experience working with individuals with diverse disorders. It is a tax-exempt organization with 501(c)3 status in the US. It organizes educational seminars, conferences, workshops, and training to bring awareness among people about mental health issues.
AWAIYR embraces all minds and empowers people with mental illness.