Hello and welcome to Stimology, home of UK Fidgets for Grown Ups!
As a neurodiverse adult myself, I know how hard it can be to access age-appropriate and reasonably priced fidget equipment from a trustworthy brand. It sometimes feels like the rest of the world is still catching up to the existence of disabled and neurodiverse adults, who need support and equipment too. Fidgets and sensory equipment is NOT just for children, and we're hear to change that message.
It doesn't matter if you're in school, employed or unable to work, you should always be able to access affordable fidget equipment from people who represent you. Autistic self-advocacy and disability rights are at the heart of what we do here at Stimology, and we intend to hold this value in everything we represent. From ensuring we have understanding and supportive customer service, to giving full upfront information about all our products, we want to make your journey into self-care and fidget support as easy and fun as you deserve it to be.
Starting this business hasn't always been easy for me. I started Stimology during the pandemic in 2020, after my job was forced to cut my hours. I'd always dreamed of starting a business, but lack of time and lack of resources meant it was impossible to start something in my "spare time". Like many of us, I needed all the time I could get for recuperating outside of the social environment of work. Luckily, I was able to get Stimology off the ground and into a reality by September 2020, and the community so far has been nothing but supportive!
I am still running Stimology as a solo-founder, in between finding paid work and trying to start my career. I'm very lucky to have the ability to find paid work, but it means sometimes progress over here can be slow. I'm grateful for the support and the patience of the community so far, as well as all the great feedback and thoughts. It really does help direct the site and which products we choose to stock. If you have ideas, shoot me an email at email@example.com - and if you don't know how to phrase it, I'll be setting up a template next time I get a chance.
In the meantime we're going keep on making progress, no matter how small. Being disabled might not always be easy, but all we can control is what we do. If it means being more patient with ourselves or needing a lucky break to get stuff done, that's the terms of existing in a neurotypical world. We're all working together on breaking the stigma, so disabled people like us can get the support we need without having to prove ourselves or fight for it.
Thanks for reading, and I wish you happy fidgeting!