Introduction to Autistic culture

Intensity: 3 hours

Education about Autistic culture and lived experience builds on the results of the neurodiversity movement. It answers three important questions:

  • What is Autistic culture?
  • How does it relate to other cultures?
  • How does it relate to the neurodiversity movement?

This course has been developed specifically to help you not only better understand Autistic people and their needs, but also to allow you to appreciate Autistic people as an intersectional community with a specific culture. The lived experiences and the guidance provided as part of this course will assist you in communicating and collaborating with Autistic colleagues, patients, and family members.


You can book a scheduled course
via our online booking system
(incl GST)
(excl GST)
For healthcare professionalsNZD 248.00NZD 215.65
For tertiary studentsNZD 112.00NZD 97.39
For members of low income householdsNZD 56.00NZD 48.70
If you are unable to pay, S23M can offer a grant

In case there is no suitable scheduled course, you can register interest and indicate your availability. We will coordinate accordingly and contact you once suitable courses are open for bookings.

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. Discovering Autistic way of being
  2. Autistic language
  3. Learning without imitation
  4. Autistic collaboration
  5. Competency networks
  6. Minimising misunderstandings
  7. Exposing social injustice
  8. Raising healthy children
  9. Creating thriving communities
  10. Towards mutual understanding and a better world
  11. Difference drives humanity forward
  12. Autistic clinicians, nurses, social workers, lawyers, accountants, scientists of all stripes, mathematicians, artists, musicians, engineers, and entrepreneurs
  13. Deep innovation
  14. Evolutionary design

For paediatricians

  1. What do paediatricians need to know about Autistic culture?
  2. What do Autistic people want paediatricians to know?
  3. What books could a paediatrician or parent read if they wanted to learn more?
  4. Other useful resources for paediatricians and parents

Your learning journey

This course combines multiple ways of learning:

A. Self-paced learning

You can start your learning journey as soon as you receive the payment confirmation email with access details to the course workspace and the learning materials: 

  • A 75-minute video and a corresponding course handbook that presents educational content in a visual format, including additional references
  • Approximately 15 minutes of reflection on your own experiences and on the course content, to identify questions for interactive discussion 
  • Asynchronous and / or 15 minutes of interactive Q&A depending on your preference
  • 60 minutes of interactive participant driven discussion in Open Space break out groups, together with Autistic and otherwise neurodivergent volunteers from the AutCollab community
  • Completion of the courses via a 15-minute comprehension quiz

B. Asynchronous collective learning

During the course you have continuous access to a dedicated anonymous online workspaces for Q&A, Open Space discussion, and collective learning in a safe environment.

C. Interactive learning

After you have worked through the visual content of the presentation or the course handbook, and have noted down your questions, including perhaps one or more topics for discussion in Open Space, you are ready to join the scheduled Zoom meeting for interactive discussion. As needed you can protect your identity by submitting potentially sensitive questions privately, via text chat to the course facilitator.