Spectrum Collective Takiwātanga

Invited by SociaLink to meet and explore opportunities for collaboration, all those providing services in the neurodiverse sector first met in November 2019. A name, vison and mission statement as well as a logo were adopted. Monthly meetings continue where members network, share updates, invite guest speakers etc.

Since 2019, the collective group has :

  • Supported the Light up the Night 10 October 2020 event organised by Dan, a DJ with his own experience of autism.
  • Submission via Hon Jan Tinetti in 2022 to the new minister for disability
  • A training event in 2022 for families in collaboration with Altogether Autism
  • Family movie day in 2022
  • Contributions made 2022-2023 to the DHB CHIRP (Child Health Integrated Response Pathways) project
  • Collaboration with BB NZ (Stu Thompson) to offer a 3 year woodwork based pilot programme for children. Children from years 4-10 can be referred to attend for 2 terms to gain social and other skills.
  • 2024 – Scoping out the Adults with Neurodiversity Project
  • Creating the WBOP Service Providers Supporting Neurodiversity Map and Directory (2024) – a joint project between SociaLink and Spectrum Collective Takiwātanga, a starting point for the social, health and education sectors when directing enquiries for support around neurodivergency.