Introduction to the neurodiversity paradigm

Intensity: 3 hours

Education about the neurodiversity paradigm and intersectionality is not the same as education about neurodiversity. It answers an important question:

How does the mindset and language of the new paradigm differ from the language in the old paradigm?

Please note that this course is not intended to answer all the questions that you may have about Autistic culture, and Autistic people and their needs. Instead it 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.


(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

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 or 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. Motivation
  2. Terminology
  3. The social model of disability
  4. Dimensions of divergence from neuronormativity
  5. Intersectionality
  6. Autistic ways of being and the LGBTQIA+ kaleidoscope
  7. Autistic ways of being and kinetic / Aroreretini (ADHD) ways of being
  8. The communal definition of Autistic ways of being / Takiwātanga
  9. Anthropological background
  10. Exposing the cultural bias of normality
  11. The role of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  12. Transdisciplinary understanding of human learning and wellbeing
  13. The connection between neurodiversity and creativity
  14. Ableism and lived experience
  15. Frequently asked questions

Learning resources

  1. Videos and related course notes
  2. Comprehension quiz
  3. A dedicated Q&A workspace for collective learning in a safe anonymous environment is made available separately for each cohort

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.
  • The Q&A workspace assigned to an organisation and the content that emerges from the interactions between course participants and our educators can be downloaded and retained indefinitely.