Divergent Minds

Neurodivergent individuals committed to autistic collaboration:

If you would like to be added to the list, please get in touch with relevant details. Don’t worry if you are not yet part of a NeurodiVenture or autistic community – or not “successful” according to conventional “cultural norms”. Joining Aut Collab may be the first step towards meeting the right kind of people to collaborate with!

  1. Alan Miles, New Zealand, is the owner of Amba, co-organiser of CIIC, and has developed three operating systems, an internet-like protocol (late 1970’s), distributed monitoring systems (including elements of AI, mid 1980’s), as well as an ERP product.
  2. Autistamatic, United Kingdom, was diagnosed before the spectrum was an accepted phenomenon, and has witnessed over 3 decades of change and progress in public understanding of autism through knowingly autistic eyes. He makes high quality short films documenting the experience and understanding of a middle aged autistic man. Autistamatic works in a variety of formats for different purposes and media platforms to assist other advocates and activists in their presentations. He will gladly collaborate with anyone who has bright and ambitious ideas for a neurodiversity friendly future.
  3. Christa Holmans, United States, is a writer and artist, and the owner of Neurodivergent Consulting. She works with companies to highlight problem areas and to establish policies and company cultures that are genuinely inclusive.
  4. Ghica van Emde Boas , The Netherlands, had a career of 30 years with IBM. After retirement she was IT Architect for large Java projects and for Web applications in PHP. Currently she volunteers as MIT App Inventor 2 power user, to help students and non-programmers to create Android apps. She has many years of experience in database design, Object Technology, teaching object-oriented analysis and design, and mentoring projects using Smalltalk, Java or PHP. She wrote several books in Dutch about PHP and MySQL.
  5. Helen Needham, United Kingdom, is a management consultant who founded Me.Decoded and who is passionate about neurodiversity and bringing about a change in the world where neurodiversity is embraced by all.
  6. JB Drury, United Kingdom, is the founder of Autism Dialogue, a special form of facilitated group conversation for open and honest sharing of thinking, by the free exchange of ideas, without an agenda. In dialogue, anyone involved in neurodiversity can experience everyone else’s point of view fully and equally. This holistic approach to exploring autism is not being used anywhere else.
  7. Jorn Bettin, New Zealand, is a partner and founder at S23M, an employee owned creativity and innovation consulting practice, as well as co-organiser of the unConference on Interdisciplinary Innovation and Collaboration, and a pioneer of model driven knowledge engineering.
  8. Judy Singer, Australia, is a sociologist who coined the term neurodiversity in her thesis in 1998, and is the originator of the neurodiversity movement.
  9. Kieran Rose, United Kingdom, who runs The Autistic Cooperative with over 60 member organisations and 600 individual members from all over the world.
  10. Mark Boyes, Australia, is the Creative Director of Knowledge Ink, lecturer of innovation at RMITs Graduate School of Business and Law, Organisational Zoo ambassador, published artist and technology specialist. Mark is the proud father of an autistic son, who doesn’t fit the mould but is looking forward to the day the mould is broken.
  11. Nick Walker, United States, is an author, speaker, transdisciplinary neurodiversity scholar and aikido teacher, as well as co-founder of the worker-owned publishing house Autonomous Press.
  12. Panda Mery, United Kingdom, is an almost too calm neurodivergent researcher, bricoleur, productive irritant and flâneur.
  13. Paul Wady, United Kingdom, makes films, has set up and run a social group for people with autism, taught meditation to people with autism for 3 years, trains around the UK and offers corporate induction training (in autism) and has written one book so far (Guerilla Aspies). He performs an audience mass autism conversion show Guerilla Aspies – the show of the book.
  14. Peter Crosbie, France, is a successful keyboard player and songwriter (gold album), musical director, composer, producer, engineer and mix engineer. He gives lectures and workshops on songwriting and recording and writes about The Autism Advantage.
  15. Scotia, France, is a passionate researcher of the brain and social psychology. When she found out about the famous experiments conducted by Milgram, Asch and Bushman, her research focus and studies shifted specifically towards people with an atypical cognitive lens. Scotia is also actively involved in the autistic community.
  16. Siena Castellon, United Kingdom, is a neurodiversity advocate who is autistic, dyslexic and dyspraxic and has ADHD, who launched Neurodiversity Celebration Week in May 2019. When she was thirteen, she created www.qlmentoring.com – to support young people with learning differences and autistic young people.
  17. Star Ford, United States, the author of A Field Guide To Earthlings, facilitated a support group for autistic adults, and works for Divergent Labs, a non-profit dedicated to full autistic inclusion.
  18. Terra Vance, United States, is an industrial and organizational psychology consultant and the proprietor of Acumen Consulting, LLC. She specializes in diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism, and poverty dynamics. She is a founder and administrator at The Aspergian. Her passions are in the intersections of social justice, equality, literature, Truth, and science.

Given the discrimination that you may face in society, we fully understand if you prefer to be listed using a pseudonym. Our aim is to enable neurodivergent individuals to be able to connect and support each other – without having to go through institutions that are steeped in the pathology paradigm.