Discovering intersectionality and the neurodiversity movement

Intensity: 2 hours

Education about the neurodiversity paradigm, intersectionality, and the neurodiversity movement is not the same as education about neurodiversity. This course introduces and provides basic answers to four important questions:

  • Why is there an urgent need for a paradigm shift?
  • How does the mindset and language of the new paradigm differ from the language in the old paradigm?
  • Who is involved in the shift?
  • Who must learn from the neurodiversity movement?

This short introductory seminar has been developed to raise awareness of the neurodiversity paradigm and the neurodiversity civil rights movement, which emerged at the end of the 20th century, and which has gained significant visibility over the last ten years.

This seminar is intended to introduce you to a new way of conceptualising and thinking about human diversity, and to raise your level of awareness about human ways of being that lie beyond your own lived experience and beyond your own cultural background and internalised social expectations.

This seminar concludes with an overview of available in-depth professional education courses and workshops on these topics and related topics, including a dedicated in-depth course on Autistic culture, which is specifically designed to help you better understand Autistic people and their needs, and to assist you in communicating and collaborating with Autistic colleagues, patients, and family members.


We need your name and email address to send you access details to all the learning materials.

You will receive a confirmation of your registration, including access to the learning environment and all the course materials for self-paced learning once we have received your payment.

This course includes:

✓ Materials for self-paced learning

✓ Access to a workspace for Q&A


Booking confirmationPrice
(incl GST)
(excl GST)
For professionalsNZD 196.00NZD 170.43
For tertiary studentsNZD 98.00NZD 85.22
For members of low income householdsNZD 46.00NZD 40.00
If you are unable to pay,
S23M can offer a grant

This professional education course has been developed by and with Autistic and otherwise neurodivergent volunteers from the Autistic Collaboration Trust. In order to continue to develop and deliver high quality education, we have partnered with S23M, a healthcare solutions advisory company in Aotearoa New Zealand that is operated entirely by Autistic and otherwise neurodivergent educators and digital health technology professionals. 80% of the revenue from this course is used to fund course delivery and provide livelihoods for S23M employees and their families, and 20% of the revenue is donated to the the Autistic Collaboration Trust, to support and scale peer support initiatives and advocacy campaigns.

For bulk registrations for larger organisations and teams, please use our online inquiry form to outline your needs, and our team will contact you to confirm the most appropriate delivery format, the cost, suitable dates and times, and as needed the location(s) for on-site delivery.


  1. Why is there an urgent need for a paradigm shift?
  2. The social model of disability
  3. Intersectionality
  4. The communal definition of Autistic ways of being / Takiwātanga
  5. History of the neurodiversity movement
  6. Behaviourism
  7. Cultural safety and the human rights perspective
  8. Psychological safety
  9. Education courses for healthcare professionals

Learning resources

  1. Videos and related course notes
  2. Access to an interactive Q&A session for collective learning in a safe anonymous environment

Usage conditions

  • Files can only be downloaded by registered course participants with a validated email address.
  • An organisation may not retain downloaded copies of the videos and course notes for longer than 30 days.
  • Any registered course participant may (re)download videos and course notes as needed for further study during the 12 months following registration.
  • Registered course participants will be notified via email about our schedule of interactive online Q&A sessions – and in the case of bookings for an entire team or organisation, any additional on-site Q&A sessions that we have agreed with the organisation.