Members of the neurodiversity movement recognise neurodivergent traits – including but not limited to ADHD, Autistic ways of being, Dyscalculia, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Synesthesia, Tourette’s Syndrome – as natural variations of cognition, motivations, and patterns of behaviour within the human species.
The Autistic Collaboration Trust is formally committed to never charge Autistic individuals and their families for any services delivered.
- To improve the healthcare and life outcomes of Autistic people by educating healthcare professionals, teachers, and employers about the neurodiversity paradigm, the neurodiversity movement, and key elements of Autistic ways of being.
- To incrementally establish centres of Autistic culture that provide safe spaces for Autistic collaboration and Autistic life paths. This includes the co-creation, co-ordination, and delivery of peer support initiatives in collaboration with Autistic people, to improve the lives and the overall well-being of Autistic people.
- To actively contribute to the evolution of openly Autistic culture and to the advancement of the neurodiversity paradigm. Specific areas of focus include cultural and psychological safety within wider society and within workplaces, the ability to safely report discrimination and bullying, peer support for dealing with trauma, and access to healthcare services that are adapted to the specific needs of Autistic people.
Below is a growing index of community services, peer support initiatives, and Autistic research projects that are designed to progress the neurodiversity movement and encourage the formation of new Autistic collaborations and NeurodiVentures. The Autistic Collaboration Trust actively coordinates several of these services and projects and refers to further aligned regional or local services, peer support initiatives, and campaigns.
Coordination of related activities occurs in dedicated project specific online workspaces. Please use the form below if you would like to participate in / contribute to one or more of these services and projects.
Centres of Autistic culture:
Education and Support
- Communal definition of Autistic ways of being
- Introduction to Autistic ways of being
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Autistic communities in public libraries
- Education courses
- For healthcare professionals
- For educators
- For employers
- For parents
- Intersectional cultural and psychological safety across all aspects of life
- Filtering, collaboration, thinking, and learning tools for the next 200 years
- Global Autistic Task Force on Autism Research
- What Autistic research are you involved in or would you like to see? Join us!
If you are aware of further initiatives in any part of the world that should be included in this index, please use the form below to provide relevant details for inclusion. You can also use the form to inquire about joining any of the projects listed above.