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The ND Co. Membership

The first autistic-led, globally accessible educational resource for parenting, supporting, and educating neurodivergent people from birth to adulthood.

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Here’s what’s waiting for you inside...

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New videos and written pieces every month

We produce content covering everything from self-identification to social connection. Our videos and written pieces are created by autistic people, for autistic people, as well as their families and service providers, and stored in a convenient on-demand multimedia content space. 

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Guidance for parents of Autistic children

Raising a neurodivergent child is a unique journey, and although it may look different in every family, there is so much value in lived experience. Inside the ND Co., you’ll find content filled with insight from our members who are raising and parenting neurodivergent children.

What does it mean

to be neurodivergent?

Neurodivergence encompasses a range of neurobiological differences that have been misunderstood for almost 80 years now as “disorders”, "deficits", and "deviations from what is typical or normal" - differences like Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance), to name a few.

Neurodivergent people are wired to think, be and do differently - communicatively, socially, in our learning pathways and styles, in our mental and emotional wellbeing, and our overall neurobiology - but the experience of neurodivergence is bigger than that. 

It’s about dismantling and destigmatising collective understandings and approaches that inform therapies, practices and supports for neurodivergent populations, and understanding one very important thing:

Neurodivergent people don’t need to be “fixed”.

They need (are entitled to, as a basic human right) access to the right support from people who understand their lived experiences - and that’s exactly what we provide inside The Neurodivergent Collective.

This is for

you if: 

  • You are neurodivergent (or think you might be) and are looking for some advice on living well and advocating for yourself 
  • You have neurodivergent family members or friends and want to learn how to provide the right support, be culturally respectful and sensitive 
  • You are an ally to neurodivergent people and want to know what you can do to amplify their voices
  • You don’t know much about neurodivergence but would like to learn more
  • You are in a professional role, supporting neurodivergent people and want to learn more from an ND informed perspective 
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“As an autistic and neurodivergent mother, it is so important to me that I can both support myself and be supported by others. My autistic/ADHD/PDA children will now know where to seek support and how to support their own unique needs waaaay sooner than I did.”

- Mother of neurodivergent children

"What an amazing resource. So many of us benefit from the Collective. Nothing better than coming from a place of lived experience. Thank you."

- Anonymous

“Thank you for helping to lead this world to be open to our truth as Neurodivergent humans. This is the best. LOVE ❤️."

- Anonymous

“Since joining as a member, it has already opened up a dialogue between me and my son. Thank you for creating such an amazing space.”

- Mother of neurodivergent son

"This is so cool. What an amazing resource. Thank you."

- Anonymous

What is The ND Co.?

We are a group of neurodivergent experts and Allied Health professionals with an array of skills and experience.

We are Educators, Psychologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Consultants, Advocates, Music Therapists, Parenting and Family Support Specialists, Environmentalists, Published Writers, Public Speakers, and Parents.

And we are all Autistic.

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We advocate for positive neurodivergent identity through educational multimedia content about Autism, ADHD, PDA, dyslexia, Tourettes, and more. In particular, we seek to dismantle what has been, for more than a century now, the stereotype of Autism. We want to communicate - with courage, honesty and truth - both our incredible resilience and the many adversities we face as misunderstood people.

Our Mission

Our mission is to change the narrative many families hear when their child is diagnosed neurodivergent. Those narratives are often lived out, carried into spaces where support is sought, and allowed to cultivate dismal and limiting perspectives for neurodivergent people. 

The information we provide to families, educators, Allied Health professionals and members of the public is derivative of lived experience from diverse perspectives and intersectional neurokin. This includes neurodivergent people who are also indigenous, LGBTQIA+, adults, youth, multicultural, non-speaking, and living out a variety of neurodivergent expressions. Diversity within neurodivergence is profoundly important as it showcases what we know; that the “Autism spectrum” is neither a linear representation nor a sliding scale of functionality, but a wonderful array of strengths, challenges, sensory profiles, communicative differences, and physical expressions of human being and human doing.

Meet the Collective

Allison Davies, Registered Music Therapist
Allison Davies, Registered Music Therapist

Allison Davies

Autistic. RMT (Registered Music Therapist).

Allison Davies lives and works on Tommeginne land in Lutruwita (Tasmania), Australia. She creates online resources for parents, educators and support staff and works with schools to deliver professional development on the topics of childhood brain development and the use of music as a regulatory tool.

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I commit to using my work as a way of dismantling the patriarchal censorship of voice, and empowering our vocal autonomy.

Daniel Giles, Advocate
Daniel Giles, Advocate

Daniel Giles

Advocate. Autistic. OAM (Order of Australia Medal). Speaker.

Daniel practices his advocacy work in a number of different ways. He runs Speaking Insights with his father, educating audiences about Autism from the parent and Autistic perspective, and shares his journey from childhood through to adulthood. He has also received an Order of Australia Medal for services to disability and the community.

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I celebrate what I am able to contribute to the world around me, realising that I was never meant to be everyone and everything. I look forward to continuing to feel more comfortable in my own skin and shining in my own unique way.

Emma Goodall, Disability & Education Consultant
Emma Goodall, Disability & Education Consultant

Dr Emma Goodall

Autistic. Author. Speaker. Researcher. Disability & Education Consultant.

Emma is an Autistic author, keynote speaker and researcher with almost 20 years of experience as a disability and education consultant. She has written and presented on education, Autism, resilience, mental health, interoception, relationships and sexuality for Autistic people. Emma is passionate about helping people understand themselves and others and providing the support and education to enable people to achieve their potential.

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I’m passionate about helping people understand themselves and others, and providing education and support to enable people to achieve their potential.

Erin Bullus, Psychologist
Erin Bullus, Psychologist

Dr Erin Bulluss

Autistic. Clinical Psychologist.

Erin is a clinical psychologist with a passion for working therapeutically with Autistic people through online telehealth platforms. She helps neurodivergent individuals who have not developed any co-occurring diagnoses to accept their uniqueness, navigate the neurotypical aspects of the world, and develop a lifestyle that promotes wellbeing and mental health. As a mother to two Autistic children, Erin aims to create a family life that honours neurodiversity and meets the sensory, social, and emotional needs of the whole family.

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I feel strongly about honouring neurodiversity in the pursuit of wellbeing and was diagnosed Autistic myself in my mid-thirties.

Wenn Lawson, Psychologist
Wenn Lawson, Psychologist

Dr Wenn Lawson

Autistic. Lecturer. Psychologist. Researcher. Advocate. Writer.

Dr. Wenn B. Lawson, PhD, is an Autistic lecturer, psychologist, researcher, advocate, writer and poet. He has been passionately sharing his professional and personal knowledge on Autism for 25 years, during which time he has written and/or contributed to over 25 books and many papers. He is a Tutor Practitioner for the University of Birmingham’s Masters Autism course, Adjunct Fellow with Macquarie University and Senior Researcher with Curtin University.

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Unfortunately human beings feel safer in what they know and what they experience as familiar. This, mistakenly, becomes what is NORMAL. Normal for you may not be normal for me, so this is a problematic term.

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Evaleen Whelton 

Autistic. Advocate. Educator and Training Developer.

Evaleen's approach to social skills focuses on bridging the gaps in communication between Autistic and non-autistic communicators. She sees the huge need for Autistics to be understood, appreciated and respected.  Evaleen is a passionate advocate for Autistic rights especially the right to be ourselves. She believes that social skills cannot be assessed in isolation and that we must also assess the way others communicate with us, act towards us and view us. This approach is central to her work.  

Over the past 7 years Evaleen has delivered training to parents, schools, mental health professionals and therapists. She believes that together we can bridge those gaps and create a better world for Autistics young and old.

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I am a passionate advocate for Autistic rights especially the right to be ourselves. I belie that social skills cannot be assessed in isolation and that we must also assess the say others communicate with us, act toward us and view us. This approach is central to my work.

FAN, Advocate
FAN, Advocate

FAN

Autistic. ADHD. PDA. Writer. Artist.

FAN is an artist, designer and writer, and closet comedian, with past experience teaching graphics at tertiary level. She has hosted and attended many public speaking seminars and local workshops, and has a quirky talent for and love for appearing in television commercials.

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Our extraordinary abilities include an insatiable thirst and focus for information, solutions, creation and evolution. Our incredible intuition senses people’s energies and agendas and knows when something is wrong, particularly environments and approaches that are dangerous to our autonomy, free-thinking and disability needs. We don’t wear capes or masks (often). We run from drop bears, germs, spiders, conformists, itchy clothing and windy days and towards our service dog, Jess - our true cape crusader and face-licker.

Harry Thompson, Advocate
Harry Thompson, Advocate

Harry Thompson

Autistic. PDA. Consultant. Author. Speaker.

Harry is an Autistic advocate, speaker, author and musician, and is heavily involved in projects and research on all topics around neurodiversity and Autism. His memoir, titled “The PDA Paradox”, earned him an election to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts. Above all, Harry’s aim is simply to make the lives of neurodivergent individuals and their families a little less chaotic and a little more enjoyable.

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People are all too quick to label the neurodivergent child as broken, when really they have buckled under the weight of a system that does not currently accommodate them. Thus, their gifts, merits and attributes are often obscured and their flaws are pronounced.

Ingrid Smith, peer educator
Ingrid Smith, peer educator

Ingrid Smith

Autistic. Peer Educator (Carry Australia). Doula.

Ingrid is a mother of two, a member of the Doula Network Australia, and Vice President at Carry Australia. Through her own experience of motherhood, Ingrid is now driven to support other mothers as they find their path. She is always humbled by the strength and beauty she witnesses in emerging families. Many common threads - joys and challenges - run through the families she meets, but the love and diversity from one to the next are perpetually amazing.

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So much injustice is foisted upon our sisters (not just cis-ters), black and First Nation people, disabled folk, queer people, children and mother Earth by the patriarchal, imperialist and capitalist system we live under. It can often feel overwhelming, but inaction and silence only benefit the oppressor.

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Jules Edwards

Autistic. Writer. Activist. Parent.

Jules Migizi is an Anishinaabe Autistic activist and parent of Autistic children. She is the writer of Autistic, Typing.  Her advocacy includes formal and informal work in the areas of social justice, with a focus on intersectional disability rights and child safety. 

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I’m passionate about using my voice to promote equity and intersectional social justice. The neurodiversity movement is important to me because when I received my autism diagnosis, I found myself, my community, and my purpose.

Kahukura, Advocate
Kahukura, Advocate

Kahukura

Autistic. Advocate. Unschooler.

Kahukura is an unschooling mother of two from Aotearoa New Zealand and the person behind the Facebook page “More Than One Neurotype”, a page that blew up to over 25,000 followers in its first year. Kahukura sees what she offers in her advocacy work as a beginning and a conversation starter. Listening to other advocates sharing their stories is how she discovered her own identity, so she knows first-hand just how helpful peer support and community can be.

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As someone who went through the majority of my life without knowing the reason I had always felt different, I am particularly passionate about embracing an Autistic identity as a means of counteracting a society that often doesn't accept different ways of being.

Kieran Rose, educator and consultant
Kieran Rose, educator and consultant

Kieran Rose

Autistic. Writer. Speaker. Advocate. Consultant. Educator.

Kieran is a published writer and international public speaker whose prolific work has been accessed by over a million people. He has consulted on a number of clinical psychology-led research papers covering Autistic masking, Autistic burnout, Autistic relationships, the voices of young Autistic people and mate crime in the Autistic community. He is also co-producing research into Autistic masking and victimisation.

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I am a privileged person. I have a voice and I can use it. As much as I hate speaking - I am selectively mute and using my voice in any capacity exhausts me - I have to use that privilege, because there are so many Autistic people who don’t have it.

Kristy Forbes, Support Specialist
Kristy Forbes, Support Specialist

Kristy Forbes

Autistic. ADHD. PDA. Educator. Childhood & Family Support Specialist.

Kristy Forbes is an  autism & neurodiversity support specialist with experience supporting clients from all over the world.

This includes neurodivergent people and their families; and professionals who wish to support them, such as Educators, Psychologists, Paediatricians, allied health professionals, support workers and integration aides.

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Outside of Motherhood, I love to sing, play the piano and guitar, dance, and bounce around in my true ADHD expression. I can match my childrens' energy and my first passion in life is family.

Noor Abdul, author
Noor Abdul, author

Noor Abdul

Autistic. Muslim. Writer.

Noor is an Autistic Muslim woman of colour and a proud mother to her Autistic daughter. She has two university degrees, one diploma, and many, many favourite books. She is passionate about the role of spirituality in healing and power of writing our own healing narratives.

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Knowing I am Autistic means I can finally release the breath I didn’t know I was holding. I wasn’t trying to be difficult. I was always different. I am so grateful that I know this now, so that I can be my daughter’s staunchest advocate.

Rachel Dorsey, Speech-Language Pathologist
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Rachel Dorsey

Autistic. ADHD. SLP (Speech and Language Pathologist).

Rachel is an ASHA-Certified speech-language pathologist who works within a private practice. Having experienced the dangers of prolonged masking, she is passionate about educating and warning other professionals against teaching masking behaviours, explicitly or inadvertently, to their Autistic clients.

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I am passionate about warning other professionals against teaching masking behaviours explicitly or inadvertently to their Autistic clients, as I have personally experienced the dangers of prolonged masking. My work and services are aimed at helping others empower and nurture their Autistic clients and children.

Sarah Marrich, Parent Mentor
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Sarah Marrich

Autistic. ADHD. PDA. Disabled. Occupational Therapist.

Sarah Marrich, MSOT, OTR/L, is an Autistic occupational therapist living in the Southwestern United States. Sarah first self-identified as Autistic during graduate school, and was formally diagnosed at 36 years old. Her favourite thing in the world is helping others to (re)find their most joyful and authentic sensory selves.

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I love connecting with neurodivergent people of all ages and practicing therapy with an emphasis on joy, compassion, humour, and collaboration.

Sarah Selvaggi-Hernandez, Occupational Therapist and Educator

Sarah Selvaggi-Hernandez

Autistic. Occupational Therapist. Activist. Educator.

Sarah is passionate about all things sensory processing, autistic joy, and positive identity development.  She also has a deep love for mental wellness through living an authentic, sensory-connected life - which, in her world, means lots of happy flaps and deep infodives about whatever catches her interest! Sarah Selvaggi Hernandez is an autistic occupational therapist, activist, and educator based in the United States.  Her entire family is neurodivergent - even the cats! Her family have served their state as therapeutic foster parents for nearly two decades and Sarah further served her nation as the first openly autistic person elected to public office.  Sarah believes deeply in community and the power of connected space.

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As an occupational therapist, I have heard time and time again from neurodivergent people simply wanting to be heard and believed for the way they experience their own world. This is usually after they’ve broken after a lifetime of pain.

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Shell Parsons

Autistic. PDA. Nature Therapy Practitioner. Writer. Speaker.

Shell began her training with the Forest Therapy Institute in 2019. Three years earlier, she suffered such an intense period of autistic burnout that it had resulted in Conversion Disorder, leaving her barely able to move for several weeks. She found that spending time in nature was an essential component of her recovery and so now she runs nature therapy programmes to support other autistics in their physical and mental wellbeing. Shell is also a mother to two autistic teens and she has co-occurring chronic pain conditions.

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We are not broken. Neurodiversity is biodiversity and we are part of nature. Connecting with more-than-human beings taught me that every living creature has a legitimate, unique and valuable role in the Web of Life and this realisation really helped me to uncover and reassess the internalised ableism that had been programmed into me by society.

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Stiof MacAmhalghaidh

Neurodivergent. Disabled. Queer. Trainer. Author. Mentor.

Stiof is a multiply neurodivergent, physically disabled, queer, trauma survivor. A theorist, trainer, author, and mentor who self-describes as ‘a wannabe polymath.’ They worked with neurodivergent students for many years, utilising a mixture of methods and tools on a ‘if it works, it’s good’ principle. Over the last decade and a half they have focused increasingly on theory and understanding what ‘living a neurodivergent life’ means, and translating that into practical approaches to everyday experiences.

Their work has been published on a range of platforms and publications. Their personal channels are, for theoretical work, the Infinite Diversity blog and, for more practical applications blog posts on the AUsome Training website and Autistic Union Facebook page. They have presented at conferences internationally, and currently work as Subject Matter Expert and Trainer for AUsome Training and under their own Infinite Diversity brand.

Zoe Martin, consultant
Zoe Martin, consultant

Zoe Martin

Autistic. ADHD. Parent Mentor.

Zoe is a coach and mentor to parents across the world who are raising neurodivergent children. She awakens their sovereign hearts to bring forth radical healing, connection and an inner and outer freedom that is often lost to families post-diagnosis. Zoe’s mission is to help parents trust again - trust that they hold the answers, that they know their child better than anyone else, and trust in each other.

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Our children are free to be themselves more and more when we, as parents, take back what is ours and connect back to what is important: honouring our values and living our truth.

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Join the Collective

We acknowledge and respect the need for accessibility and inclusion, so we offer a range of pricing options to meet the needs of individuals, families & professionals. Your monthly contribution honours the hard work of the neurodivergent people behind this hub of advocacy, information and education. Each pricing option provides the same membership and content access.

Monthly Membership

$20 per month
  • New monthly multimedia content with the UserWay Accessibility Widget
  • Access our membership site for neurodivergent people, family members, advocates, and Allied Health professionals
  • Closed-captioned videos
  • No lock-in contracts

Annual Membership

$200 per 12 months
  • BONUS: Two months free
  • Annual Membership is eligible for NDIS! Click here to generate your NDIS invoice.
  • New monthly multimedia content with the UserWay Accessibility Widget
  • Access our membership site for neurodivergent people, family members, advocates, and Allied Health professionals
  • Closed-captioned videos
  • No lock-in contracts

The ND Co. Membership can be funded by the NDIS

Because we value accessibility and inclusion, we offer a number of payment options to accommodate all socioeconomic backgrounds. If you would like to pay through your self- or plan-managed NDIS funding, just fill out one of our online forms and you'll be invoiced accordingly.

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We acknowledge and respect that the land on which we work and live always was and always will be Aboriginal land. The Kulin Nation: The Boonwurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung, Wathaurung, and Woiwurrung/ Wurundjeri people are the Traditional Custodians and we recognise their continuing connection to land, water, and community. We pay deep respect to Elders past and present and continue a commitment to the amplification of their voices. Sovereignty was never ceded.

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At The ND Co., we don’t just understand you…

We are you

- and we’re here to share our collective stories with the world.

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