Strengthening the local neurodiversity movement in Auckland, New Zealand

In order to progress beyond basic awareness of neurodiversity, and in order to address some of the dangerous misconceptions that many people still have in relation to neurodiversity (and especially autism), a small group of collaborative autists is coordinating:

1. Regular meetings

… to offer mutual support for neurodivergent individuals and families

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We have organised a venue at the Central City Library:

Te Mārama Room, 44/46 Lorne St, Auckland

The current default schedule is a monthly meeting on the first Friday of the month.

Dates and times of upcoming meetings:

  • Friday, 6 Sep 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:00pm
  • Friday, 4 Oct 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:00pm
  • Friday, 6 Dec 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:00pm
  • Friday, 3 Jan 2020, 5:00 pm to 6:00pm
  • Friday, 7 Feb 2020, 5:00 pm to 6:00pm
  • Friday, 6 Mar 2020, 5:00 pm to 6:00pm
  • Friday, 3 Apr 2020, 5:00 pm to 6:00pm
  • Friday, 1 May 2020, 5:00 pm to 6:00pm
  • Friday, 5 Jun 2020, 5:00 pm to 6:00pm
  • Friday, 3 Jul 2020, 5:00 pm to 6:00pm
  • Friday, 7 Aug 2020, 5:00 pm to 6:00pm

These meetings are an opportunity for autistic and otherwise neurodivergent people to meet, learn from each other in a safe space, and coordinate local neurodiversity activism.

Please use the form below to register for specific meetings, so that we can ensure that we have access to a room with adequate capacity. You may submit suggestions for specific topics you would like to talk about. You can also chose to simply listen to the discussion. There is no pressure whatsoever to actively contribute to the discussion.

In case you have trouble finding the room, please email Jorn Bettin, and one of the participants will pick you up from the main entrance of the library.

Further meetings and updates will be published on this page.

2. Public panel discussions

… between neurodivergent people, including Q&A with the audience, to present a realistic non-pathologising picture of neurodiversity, and to educate the public about neurodivergent perspectives on living in a neurotypical world.

These events will be an opportunity for students, staff, and the general public to learn more about neurodiversity and autism, and also about the connection between neurodiversity and human creativity.

We are conscious of the current level of discrimination against autistic and otherwise neurodivergent people. You can participate in the meetings and panel discussions without publicly disclosing your identity. If you would like to get involved, please email Jorn Bettin.

Panel discussion events and updates will be announced on this page.