Just Bee

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Let's Make The World Sensory-Friendly

Just Bee is a non-profit organization working to connect families with their local community through raising awareness, creating partnerships, and providing training resources for sensory-friendly businesses; encouraging positive experiences for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Check back soon as we prepare for the launch of our ASD-friendly business directory and mobile app!

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Our Mission

Just Bee is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) determined to create a world where anyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Neurodiversity is treated equally, fairly, and compassionately – with full recognition of their civil rights. Based in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Just Bee connects neurodivergent people with their local community by raising awareness, creating partnerships, and providing training resources to foster sensory-friendly and welcoming spaces.

Our Story​

The Just Bee story starts with Rio, Layla Luna’s son. Over the years, Layla continued to find herself in difficult situations when people did not know how to respond to Rio, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at the age of two. One evening while Layla’s family was waiting for a table at a local restaurant, Rio started to have a sensory-overload from the hectic environment. Other customers became irritated, prompting restaurant management to ask Layla and her children to leave. Embarrassed, heartbroken, and disillusioned, Layla was wiping her tears away with her daughter’s bumble bee blanket when she asked herself, “Why can’t people just bee nice? Why can’t people just bee kind? Why can’t they just understand Autism?” This was the beginning of Just Bee. Since 2019, Layla has been a mother on a mission. As the Founder & CEO of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Just Bee, she works to connect families with their local community by raising awareness, creating partnerships, and providing training resources for sensory-friendly businesses – encouraging positive experiences for those with ASD.

Bee Team

As a mother of a special needs child, Layla knows first hand the challenges families can face on this journey. She started a program called Dance From Your Heart which provides classes for special needs children. 

As a mother of a special needs child, Layla knows first hand the challenges families can face on this journey. She started a program called Dance From Your Heart which provides classes for special needs children. 

Our Pledge

The Just Bee Pledge is designed for DEI-focused businesses, public officials, and organizations looking to welcome and support the autistic and neurodivergent community. Become a Beeliever in three easy steps:

Step 1: Complete the Just Bee Workshop

Just Bee offers an online autism sensitivity-training workshop featuring a proprietary curriculum developed by Dr. Diane Cullinane, a leading developmental pediatrician. This half-hour interactive on-line workshop will guide you and your team through a process of learning and reflection.

Are you a team of first responders? Just Bee also offers a specialized workshop just for first responders. In this workshop, you will learn best practices for communicating with people on the spectrum – including those who are non-verbal – in emergency situations so that you can respond safely and effectively. As a mother of a non-verbal autistic teenage son, one of my greatest fears is him being unable to communicate in an emergency situation, so this component of Just Bee’s work is very near and dear to me.

 

Step 2: Take the Just Bee Pledge

After completing the workshop, take the pledge and gain ongoing access to our training materials to maintain an inclusive, welcoming atmosphere.

Step 3: Get Added to the Just Bee Directory

After taking the pledge, your organization will be added to the Just Bee Directory of safe spaces for those with ASD and intellectual disabilities – making it easier for individuals and families to navigate their local community. You will also be provided with a Just Bee sticker to place in the front window of your store or office to show your commitment to welcoming those with differences.
 
Renew your commitment through training new staff members and renewing your pledge every year.

Going Above & Beeyond!

The Just Bee Pledge is designed for DEI-focused businesses, public officials, and organizations looking to welcome and support the autistic and neurodivergent community. Become a Beeliever in three easy steps

Creating bee-friendly hours of operation for people on the spectrum.

Round up your retail transactions to support Just Bee and local families in need.

Create special discounts for members of the Just Bee community.

Host an autism welcoming event that benefits Just Bee and local families.

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

Just Bee’s rapidly-growing business directory is coming to mobile! An invalueable tool for complex-needs families to find sensory-friendly restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and other local activities.

  • Exclusive access to offers & discounts at thousands of locations
  • Verified user reviews help you choose with confidence
  • Connect with a vibrant and supportive community of similar families
Donation Form
All contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and are tax deductible. For donations in excess of $500, please contact us directly.

Creating bee-friendly hours of operation for people on the spectrum.

Round up your retail transactions to support Just Bee and local families in need.

Create special discounts for members of the Just Bee community.

Host an autism welcoming event that benefits Just Bee and local families.

Corporate Sponsorship

Be a business that leads by example by becoming a corporate sponsor for Just Bee. All corporate sponsorships are tax deductible.

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Interested? Get in touch!

Interested? Get in touch!

Please submit all general inquiries through this form to receive a prompt response. Just Bee welcomes questions, suggestions, volunteerism, and partnership opportunities with open arms!

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