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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 the our community 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. AlinaRenea, United States. I am enjoying looking through your website and intrigued by the discussions and all that you have here. I am definitely autistic but not diagnosed. Finding anyone who understands or takes me seriously has been extremely difficult until very recently. I live in the USA with my fur babies and have a BAS in Sustainable Science Management. It is my dream to collaborate in creating a close knit community that is eco friendly and sustainable.
  3. Autism-101. Jeff, is a late diagnosed autistic self-advocate who is the creator of Autism101.com. A website of resources for newly diagnosed Autistic people and those who think they might be.
  4. 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.
  5. AutisticSciencePerson is a neuroscience graduate student who is a late-diagnosed autistic person, and self-advocate.
  6. AutistMD, Newly cognizant to my own ASD and eager to contribute toward a greater understanding of diversity that is inclusive.
  7. Bob Baker, Australia. I have been attempting to address the full scope of anthropogenic climate change since 2004. I have stretched myself very far trying to be an anti-reductionist jack of all trades and master of some. I am tired and prefer to do the necessary work on the ground, but there are many obstacles to overcome that I believe are best addressed in collaboration with other gifted people.
  8. Bridget M. Bartlett is a nonbinary, autistic, chronically-ill educator and PhD student researching the representation of neurodivergence in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature and drama. They are also interested in disability-inclusive pedagogy and advocating for humanities research as an important facet of autism research that makes autistic lives better.
  9. David Hall, United States, is the founder and CEO of NeuroGuides, a non-profit organisation by autistic people for autistic people, providing life coaching for autistic and other neurodivergent adults worldwide.
  10. Emmentalerduckwalker, Switzerland, Human Kosmopolitan.
  11. Eli Smith, United Kingdom, is a transgender and bisexual autistic person of colour who specialises in supporting other queer autistic people to self-advocate. He is particularly interested in healing autistic trauma and highlighting the strengths of autistic communication. He also is a passionate performer and organises accessible events. His ultimate goal to develop an neurodivergent-focused community centre and sensory café in his local city.
  12. Eoin Stephens, Ireland, BA Psychology, Dip Counselling, MA Cognitive Behavioural Counselling, MIACP, MACI. I’m a therapist & trainer who has worked in the areas of Counselling/Psychotherapy, Mental Health, & Disability for over 30 years, specialising in an individualised, integrative approach to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I’ve been particularly active in the field of Behavioural Addictions, and received the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy Carl Berkeley Memorial Award in 2010. I’m currently focusing my attention on understanding the problems faced by autistic adults, & their specific therapeutic needs. I’m autistic myself, having made the discovery in late adulthood.
  13. Existential Autist, United Kingdom. Hey, my name is Matty, AKA Existential Autist, He/him, a 26 year old autistic, dyslexic and dyspraxic philosophy graduate, advocate, spoken word artist and performer from the North East of England. I’m extremely passionate and committed to sharing, learning and advocating for the rights and emancipation of actually autistic people, no matter race, gender, sex or sexual orientation, all autistics deserve respect, autonomy and the right to be heard and truly accepted. I campaign, advocate and work towards true authentic autistic acceptance throughout society, and I aim for this website to be a source of knowledge, comfort and empowerment for all autistics.
  14. Gabriella, France, is an Italian Creative Designer based in Paris, Gabriella designs services, brands and experiences, always trying to tell meaningful stories and creating environments inspired by life and arts. She particularly cares about ethics and positive change: she is vegan and deeply mindful about accessibility and diversity. Her Asperger’s Syndrome combined with HIP makes her approach to design extremely rational yet creative in the same time. After working for 14 years for start-ups as for digital agencies, she is currently focusing on Circular and Ethical Design at Orange. She is also an author and illustrator for children books.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Jax Bayne, United States. I am an autistic latinx transmasculine nonbinary resident of Earth with chronic illness. I am working to heal myself by I learning the toxic sociocultural conditioning I was indoctrinated with as a child. I am a passionate advocate of the neurodiversity paradigm, disability & intersectional minority rights, and functional medicine. I am pursuing a certification in behavioral neuroscience in order to help teach treatment resistant neurodivergents with cPTSD how to heal themselves and to help create social structures to support them in that process. 
  18. 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.
  19. Jenny Geroni, United Kingdom, a late diagnosed Autistic embarking on a new life as an Autism researcher.
  20. Jess Friday, United States. I am looking to find and collaborate with other autistic people who are creating systems to bring us together and pool our strengths so that we all can succeed. I’m currently working on funding this by starting the gig economy in manufacturing while simultaneously working within the community to network and collaborate so that we can take care of immediate needs and problem solve for us all. I believe disability is contextual and that we are largely disabled only because of capitalism’s competitive system, but we will create an egalitarian system that works within and evolves out of the old. Our systems thinking brains, when combined and supported, will quite literally save the world.
  21. Jorn Bettin, New Zealand, is a partner and founder at S23M, an employee owned software and consulting company operating in Australasia and Europe, who enjoys catalysing further NeurodiVentures. He is a co-organiser of the unConference on Interdisciplinary Innovation and Collaboration (CIIC), and a pioneer of model driven knowledge engineering.
  22. Judy Singer, Australia, is a sociologist who coined the term neurodiversity in her thesis in 1998, and is the originator of the neurodiversity movement.
  23. Kay Snow. Self-identified as “not from this planet” since the age of 5. A lover of all things macabre. Special interests include science of the brain, death, decomposition, sex and monsters (including the ones inside of us). Just want a safe planet to visit so I can be myself. 
  24. Kieran Rose, United Kingdom, who runs The Autistic Cooperative with over 60 member organisations and 600 individual members from all over the world.
  25. Laralynne Nabozny, United States, CEO/CIO, Owner and Founder of 3 Bee Data Systems, Inc. My business operates in the technology space, world-wide. Company Mission: preserve diversity in business collaboration leading to cooperative wealth generation via contribution of functional business software components, with a central focus on expanding the leverage of each individual contribution of Persons, rather than glorifying Robots or the AI.
  26. Liz Bell is a neurodivergent writer based in the Forest of Dean in the UK. Alongside her day job as a freelance copywriter/editor for the public and non-profit sectors, she writes and shares poetry and other words on identity, divergence, and belonging. Liz created the ZIG/ZAG project in 2022 to promote rights, recognition and respect for people who think differently. She is interested in exploring alternative models of community outreach based around the principles of curiosity, creativity, and connection.
  27. Loper Clair… Smile…I make pictures. Hey!…I am interested in joining …and creating pictures for projects. I can create …IPad….text…composition…color theory…drawing…clip art… …original works…from my perspective or collaborations… Smile…this is one of my deep interests… Thank you!
  28. Louisa, an artist based in the U.K. I’m also the founder of SOLA SIBLINGS – a program for late-identified autistic creative people seeking self clarity, tools and community, and to see self outside the pathology paradigm and into a future in which all bodies are possible. I believe we are meant to be here and the question is not Why we exist, but How! That the how comes from within our community and within our lived experiences. Glad to connect and contribute what I can from 10+ years of research and u learning around this subject. I also have a podcast: The SOLA SYSTEM.
  29. Lucy Hobbs, United Kingdom, an award-winning Senior Creative and founder of The Future is ND – a neurodiverse network set to champion and empower neurodiversity in the creative and tech industries. When she is not changing the narrative around neurodiversity, she enjoys developing concepts, art directing and writing for a variety of famous brands, across a mix of channels and platforms.
  30. Lyric Holmans, United States, is a writer and artist, and the owner of Neurodivergent Consulting. They work with companies to highlight problem areas and to establish policies and company cultures that are genuinely inclusive.
  31. Marie Adrienne Robles Manalili (siya/she/they) is an autistic Tagálog woman, an experienced speech/language therapist, and a researcher from the Philippines. She is also a Chevening Scholar at University College London and City, University of London. As a researcher, she is interested in philosophy of science, epistemic diversity, the neurodiversity paradigm, cognitive diversity, and languaging.
  32. 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.
  33. Mia Jüllig, Originally from Sweden but has been in New Zealand for the last 20 years. No longer an active scientist but after many years of postdocs and with plenty of published research papers, I am now the Deputy Director of the Bioscience Enterprise Postgraduate Programme in Auckland, as well as the owner and operator of my own company, Paper Dog Ltd. The aim with Paper Dog is to translate complex science into pictures for publications and talks – because science sometimes needs a bit of a push to become as attractive as it deserves to be.
  34. Mona Pereth, United States, founder of the Autistic Peer Leadership Group (ApLEG), a group of autistic or similarly neurodivergent adults who either lead/facilitate or would like to lead/facilitate other small groups of autistic/neurodivergent people, or who would like to develop leadership skills more generally. The groups some of us lead/facilitate are listed here: http://autisticnyc.org/groups/our/. ApLEG’s main purpose is to help us develop leadership/facilitation skills. Leadership/facilitation of ApLEG’s is sometimes rotated to give us each an opportunity to practice these skills. We are based primarily in the New York City metro area, but people from elsewhere are welcome at our online chat meetings. ApLEG was founded in February 2021.
  35. Morgan King, Very late diagnosis at 67 years in 2018. Seeker of wisdom. Wanting different inclusive ways to live on our planet. A practising pacifist seeking others ways to live. A desire to create an emotionally healthy planet, all flora and fauna. Seeking the autist voice, to not be defined by the neuronormative.
  36. Natasha Goulding, Articulation guide, lived/interior experience researcher and possibly a nearly public philosopher. In UK since 2021 after most of adult life in Asia and Netherlands. Community identified autist (gestalt thinking/hypersymantic skilled). Topics: “Metabolic directionality and ‘that which can be invoked” a public PhD WiP. Intergenerational/interpersonal harm in ‘masking’ families lives. Autistic aesthetics.
  37. 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.
  38. Nicnac Marsh, United States, is a member of the autistic and queers community who does their best to share their passionate advocacy through the writing and podcast forms of creative expression. They hope to share their knowledge of multimedia tools with similar minds to empower our collective voice.
  39. OhReally, France, I’m a white non-binary autistic person (she/they). One of my main questions in life is how to dismantle white supremacy. I believe marginalised white groups such as white neurodivergent people or white queers have a role: to dismantle white supremacy from its margins. We should at all cost refuse to be integrated into the white supremacy systems. And for this we need tools to think and build communities in our own special ways.
  40. OT Expert. Occupational therapist based in the UK. Late self- identified neurodivergent. Passionate about promoting neurodivergent- affirmative care and practice amongst health & social care professionals. Actively speaking out against ABA within the occupational therapy profession.
  41. Panda Mery, United Kingdom, is an almost too calm neurodivergent researcher, bricoleur, productive irritant and flâneur.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. Rakshita Shekhar is an educator and consultant for disability rights organizations and schools. She has a masters in intellectual and developmental disabilities from the University of Kent, UK. She has extensive experience as a general and special education teacher. She is a member of two international advocacy organizations: neuroclastic.com and universal design for learning-special interest group. She has presented at multiple national and international conferences. In addition, she manages a support group for autistic adults which is 100 people strong. She is passionate about pedagogy, autism, and inclusion. Her approach is centered around developing good mental health in disabled children. Being autistic, she ardently advocates for autistic children and adults through her poetry, essays, talks, and training programs. She is the first openly autistic person in south Asia to be nominated as a board member of an autism charity – Action for Autism. She hopes to teach society that they can and must rely on disabled people to solve the world’s biggest problems. She dreams of a world where all live and let live.
  45. Rissa/Rhys, United States, jack of all trades, from painting to people research, since coming out as autistic and nonbinary in 2020, they have focused on researching, educating, and aiding humanitarian-focused individuals/organizations with a neurodivergent/outsider’s perspective.
  46. Samantha Craft, the founder of  Spectrum Suite, is best known for her writings found in the blog and book Everyday Aspergers. A professional educator, she has been featured in various publications. She also serves as a consultant for Uptimize and NeuroGuides, and speaks globally on the topic of neurodiversity as it relates to employment and self-empowerment.
  47. 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.
  48. Seth L Benjamin, an Artist, Writer & Animator from the UK, working on animations and other works relating to telling the story and plights of the Neurodivergent community. In hopes of helping to establish a new narrative under the creative control of said community. In order to change the laws and status status quo put forward by the Neurotypical masses.
  49. 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.
  50. Sowocki (pronounced “swahkee”). I am a nonbinary autistic parent in Ontario, Canada (she/they pronouns), 35 and happily approaching middle age with my toddler and cats. I love linguistics, birds, puns, data. I’m particularly interested in connecting with other autistics affected by trauma (I have PTSD).
  51. 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.
  52. St0rm, Switzerland, Passionate about information technologies, specially cybersecurity.
  53. 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 the founder and CEO at Neuroclastic. Her passions are in the intersections of social justice, equality, literature, Truth, and science.
  54. The Autistic Educator, I am an Autistic casual teacher of autistic students, the only openly autistic teacher teaching autistic specific classes in Australia. I have been doing so for 3 1/2 years now. I was a mainstream teacher for 34 years but got bullied out of the job when I disclosed I was Autistic. I also have my own business mentoring autistics. I also train educators online on the best methods of teaching autistic students from an autistic perspective and also work for another overseas business helping mentor autistic students online. There is not a lot I don’t know about autism, I have been studying autism pretty much full time in times off from my jobs.
  55. Tori Morales is writing about Autism, mental health, and gender. They write in-depth, researched editorial pieces as well as personal essays. They are passionate about expanding Autistic communities and creating an Autistic culture of collaboration, acceptance, and neurodiversity.
  56. Wired4Health, a healthcare professional with an interest in depathologising diversity.

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.