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The Autistic Collaboration Trust in collaboration with S23M Healthcare Solutions is working with healthcare professionals to facilitate sector wide education in the neurodiversity paradigm, the neurodiversity movement, and Autistic culture.

Education on these topics is essential for addressing entrenched problems of lacking cultural and psychological safety in the workplace, and corresponding problems of lacking cultural and psychological safety for patients, their whānau / families and communities.

The level of ignorance, stigma, and open hostility that Autistic patients and Autistic healthcare professionals regularly have to deal with is traumatising. In terms of safety, many Autistic people have a strong preference to engage with Autistic or at least otherwise neurodivergent clinicians. Encouragingly, committed allies of the neurodiversity movement, such as Dr. Zoe Raos (Te Āti Awa), a gastroenterologist in Waitematā, Tāmaki Makaurau, are starting to speak up about the lack of cultural and psychological safety for Autistic patients and colleagues.

Our diverse team includes experienced clinicians and professionals with many years of academic teaching experience as well as experience in delivering training courses to executives and knowledge workers in a broad range of industries.


  1. Communal definition of Autistic ways of being
  2. Introduction to Autistic ways of being
  3. Frequently Asked Questions
  4. Autistic Collaboration TV


  1. Education in the ND paradigm, the ND movement, and Autistic culture
  2. Intersectional employee wellbeing for healthcare professionals
  3. Community oriented health service co-design
  4. Autistic trauma peer support
  5. Bullying alert system for employees
  6. Psychological safety baseline data collection
  7. Te Hapori Whai Takiwātanga o Aotearoa, Aotearoa

Campaigns / projects

  1. Ban of conversion therapies
  2. Appreciation of neurodiversity in the healthcare sector
  3. Autistic communities in public libraries
  4. Strengthening the local neurodiversity movement, Auckland, Aotearoa


  1. On human collective behaviour
  2. On the ND paradigm, the ND movement, and Autistic culture
  3. On Autistic wellbeing


“Your insight and opportunity to explore such an important topic seems to have left the students with a desire to facilitate change. For many, they believe the insight has changed their lives and for others who e-mailed me they said the learning has helped them on a personal level. It comes as no surprise that many people can relate to ‘mask wearing’.”

– Liz Gordon, Professional Practice Fellow, Otago Business School

“Thank you! These articles and this collaborative empowering movement has been life saving for me and my family. We were confused outsiders before this community connection. And more than that it has enhanced my own understanding of humanity.”

– Healthcare professional in New Zealand

“This is fantastic. Thank you so much. It’s great to see a description [of Autistic ways of being] from an Autistic person’s point of view – our preferences, our experiences etc. I hope this is used as a basis for research on how to improve mental health for the Autistic community.”

– Feedback on the Communal Definition of Autistic Ways of Being