Who Are We?

NOMI is committed to creating a more accessible world. We believe everyone deserves to find their community and we are here to make those connections possible.

We provide an alternative to the increasingly popular swiping model, encouraging a slower, more intentional approach to finding connection.

Our Values

  • Inclusion – Acknowledge and celebrate everyone’s diversity
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  • Joy – Finding pleasure in connection
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  • Accessibility – A more accessible world is a more enjoyable world. For everyone.
  • Authenticity – Showing up with our whole selves is the foundation of meaningful connection
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  • Community – Giving and receiving intentional support based on mutual understanding is what makes us strong

Meet the Team

Christie Faye, Founder of NOMI

Christie Faye Collins (she/her)

Founder, NOMI

Christie Faye is a queer, autistic woman driven by
her passion for community. She is
based in Victoria, BC (unceded Coast Salish Territory
of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ nations) and loves
being close to nature, spending time with her cats and drinking delicious coffee.

What is neurodivergence?

Quite simply put, we define neurodivergence as a difference in one’s structure and style.

Some diagnoses that are most common among those who identify as neurodivergent include (but are not limited to):

  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Tourette’s
  • Bipolar
  • Borderline Personality
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

As a term, neurodivergent is imperfect. It implies that there is a “typical” brain structure and one that diverges from “typical” (neurodivergent vs neurotypical). We use it because it is the most well-known umbrella term to describe a certain type of variance in neural processing/function.

To quote disability rights activist Emily Ladau from her book “Demystifying Disability”,

For far too long, we've been led to believe that people have either "good" brains or "bad" brains, "normal" ones or "abnormal" ones. Neurodiversity is a concept that rejects these morality- and value-based judgments of the human mind, instead embracing the naturally occurring fact that no one's brain is exactly like anyone else's brain. Within the neurodiversity movement, people with disability-related brain differences are referred to as “neurodivergent”, while people who don’t have such differences are referred to as “neurotypical”

Though we refer to neurodivergence as it’s own category, we understand that a lot of the time disability and neurodivergence go hand in hand. One autistic person may call themselves neurodivergent while another identifies as disabled and a third may not want to identify as either.

At NOMI we believe that you are the only one who can define how you identify and what terms best describe your experience.

Person-First Language and Identity-First Language
(PFL and IFL)

We support whatever language you use to identify yourself. Whether that looks like “I am disabled” (IFL) or “I am a person with a disability” (PFL), that choice is entirely yours.

One of the questions you may answer in your profile is your preference between PFL or IFL and we ask that everyone please respect the preferences of all of our community members.

At NOMI we switch between PFL and IFL with a preference for PFL as it is the more widely accepted inclusive terminology.

Please note that the majority of Autistic folks tend to prefer Identity-First Language.

Self-Diagnosis

Can I use the app if I am self-diagnosed?

Absolutely!

There are so many reasons why someone is unable to or would prefer not to pursue a formal diagnosis. Money, medical trauma and discrimination due to gender, race or other factors to name a few.

Self diagnosis is valid and we will never ask you to prove anything to us.