Improve your experience. We are very sorry but this website does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend using a different browser that is supported such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

An Insider’s View on Autism: Recognising Autistic Culture and Experience

Learn about autistic experiences compared to those of people who are seen as ‘normal’ (neurotypical), from a lived experience facilitator who is autistic.



Learn about autistic experiences compared to those of people who are seen as ‘normal’ (neurotypical), from a lived experience facilitator who is autistic. Explore social communication, processing, sensory and wellbeing issues that autistic individuals may face in a world set up for neurotypical people. Discover how myths, stereotypes and ‘what we think we know’ about autism can affect autistic people, some of whom contest some of the dominant worldview about autism. Learn how many autistic adults see autism as a cultural way of being (similar to how Deaf culture sees itself), and not only a medical condition.

Allies, supporters, autistic people or those exploring whether they might be autistic are welcome to attend.

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Develop and understanding on autism and explore stereotypes and myths

  • Explore autistic culture and experience in depth

  • Look at wellbeing issues for autistic people

  • Critically reflect and critique what we know about autism

  • Learn about and explore both adult and children's experiences of autism from a lived experience facilitator

  • Explore how we can be allies and supporters

Let's Get Real

1. Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs

3. Working with whānau 

4. Working within communities 

5. Challenging discrimination

7. Maintaining professional and personal development

Facilitated by Dr Annie Southern 

PhD HSc, MA, GradDipLT, Cert HE

Dr Annie Southern was educated at Oxford University and has a PhD in Health Science from the University of Canterbury. She is a researcher and writer and is well published, with her work spanning both journalism/publishing and mental health fields. Annie uses her lived experience of both neurodiversity and alternative states of reality as part of her work and is an Intentional Peer Support international trainer and a professional member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She currently works as the Peer Practice Director at Stepping Stone Trust and is a Contributor to The Different Kind of Human Project (a neurodiversity peer community).


Workshop Type: Intermediate | Workshop Level: Six | Catering: Refreshments provided

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view a webinar session per registration.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

Press enter to see more results