Aut Collab (the Autistic Collaboration Trust) is a community that welcomes all individuals and groups who fully appreciate the value of neurodiversity. If you are looking for a global network of collaborative Autistic peers, Autistic organisations, and NeurodiVentures, you have come to the right place.

Aut Collab acts as a global hub for mutual support, and encourages neurodivergent individuals and ventures to connect and establish long-term collaborations.

The Autistic Collaboration Trust is incorporated as a charitable trust in Aotearoa New Zealand. The purpose of the trust is as follows:

a) To advance education by the development and delivery of training courses related to the goal of liberation from the pathology paradigm and the goal of acceptance of Autistic cognition, motivations, and patterns of behaviour as natural variations within the human species.

b) To be beneficial to the community by supporting the creation of social networks, events, and organisations that allow Autistic people and otherwise neurodivergent people to collaborate, contribute to society, and socialise on their own terms.

c) To be beneficial to the Autistic community by supporting and coordinating concrete projects that are run by Autistic and otherwise neurodivergent people.

The trustees are formally committed to never charge Autistic individuals and their families for any services delivered. Our board of trustees and also our advisory board consists exclusively of people who openly identify as Autistic.


Jorn Bettin

Anne MacAulay
Social Worker

Sarah Bettin

Advisory Board

Terra Vance
United States

Quinn Dexter
United Kingdom

Education Team

Jorn Bettin, Aotearoa New Zealand

Dr Juanita Fernando, Australia

Christyanne Gaspar, United States

Jolene Stockman, Aotearoa New Zealand

Brittney Geary, United States

Your lived experience shapes our interactive professional education courses.

I found the 75 minute video excellent, very stimulating and inspiring! 

So excited about this course! I have been observing and it’s just totally amazing. Beautiful!!!!

The detailed content, research underpinning it and perspective resonated with me a lot and the interactive open space approach was very good to experience and learn about.

This is absolutely INCREDIBLE. I am so grateful for your work ❤️.

I have enjoyed the course book. I can see a lot of work has gone into creating it, and I think it is a lovely and accurate reflection of the neurodiversity paradigm and autistic people.

Volunteer Translators

Άννα Γκούντρα : Eλληνικά

Diego Kullmann : Português brasileiro

Mariusz Wisla : Polski

Mirella Sorrentino : Italiano

Ombre : Français

Petra Anderson : Deutsch

Phenelope Guevara : Español

Svanhildur Kristjansson : Íslenska


One of the persistent negative stereotypes is that we are poor at collaboration. I am on a mission to demonstrate the opposite. Collaboration can take many forms, and different people have different needs and preferences. Autistic people learn and play differently, and only have a limited (if any!) interest in competitive social games. We communicate and enjoy ourselves by sharing information and knowledge, and not by negotiating social status.
Jorn Bettin

No serious discussion on the topic of innovation, learning, and collaboration can afford to ignore the relevance of neurodiversity.

Discrimination against Autistic people is comparable to the level of discrimination against LGBTQIA+ people 50 years ago. Within such a highly discriminatory cultural environment, many services from the autism industry must be considered unethical, and obtaining a “diagnosis” can be an invitation for potential abuse and exploitation. The pathologisation of Autistic ways of being has led to what some critical researchers refer to as the autism industrial complex.

The following video clip is not about Autistic ways of being, but it offers a visual metaphor for the experiences of Autistic people within the box of cultural expectations that society imposes, and for the journey of finding a home within the Autistic community.

Over the last two decades it has become increasingly clear that Autistic cognitive lenses are apparently an essential element in all human societies, especially in the context of innovation and in terms of reducing spurious complexity in human culture.

It is time to liberate Autistic people from the pathology paradigm. This can only be achieved if Autistic people take ownership of the definition of Autistic ways of being, provide mutual support to each other, and share their experience of human cultures through an Autistic lens from a first hand perspective.

Autistic people are often noted for their their honesty, their naivety, and their inability to be exploitative. The lack of self-promotional ability is typically at odds with cultural expectations. Autistic people are best understood as agents of the cultural immune system within human society.

Aut Collab aims to offer practical assistance and guidance – from neurodivergent individuals and ventures to others who are struggling or suffering in a hyper-competitive neurotypical world that systematically pathologises Autistic people.

Interview: The power of international neurodivergent collaborations

“This is fantastic. Thank you so much. It’s great to see a description [of Autistic ways of being] from an Autistic person’s point of view – our preferences, our experiences etc. I hope this is used as a basis for research on how to improve mental health for the Autistic community.”
– Feedback on the Communal Definition of Autistic Ways of Being

“My greatest joy is that nature has gifted me with others like me and that I am not alone. Now I am part of something far more safe and comfortable than the herd could ever have offered. I am here as part of a mosaic of explorers and teachers, of artists and builders.”
Regular attendee of our CIIC Open Space workshops

“Thank you! These articles and this collaborative empowering movement has been life saving for me and my family. We were confused outsiders before this community connection. And more than that it has enhanced my own understanding of humanity.”
– Healthcare professional in New Zealand

“The article ‘What CAN be misunderstood WILL be misunderstood’ helped me so much to find clarity and organise and make sense of what threatens to overwhelm me. Jorn’s writings are a gift for my ADHD brain.”
– Terra Vance, founder of Neuroclastic

“Your insight and opportunity to explore such an important topic seems to have left the students with a desire to facilitate change. For many, they believe the insight has changed their lives and for others who e-mailed me they said the learning has helped them on a personal level. It comes as no surprise that many people can relate to ‘mask wearing’.”
– Liz Gordon, Professional Practice Fellow, University of Otago

The Aut Collab website is now used as a key learning resource as part of the MBA course module on neurodiversity at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Frequently accessed resources


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Introduction to the neurodiversity paradigm & intersectionality 10 February 2024, 8:30am to 10:00am (NZDT) /…



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