Structure and Charitable Objectives

Autism New Zealand is an incorporated society with charitable status. To promote the welfare and care of all autistic people and those who make up their support network including family/caregivers/whānau. To foster understanding and provide education and information about autism.​

How Autism New Zealand works

Our membership numbers over 24,000 active members and is growing rapidly. We collaborate with numerous agencies, such as the Ministry of Education, Needs Assessment and Service Coordination Services (NASC), district health boards, schools, and private institutions to help individuals access appropriate services.

Autism New Zealand is governed by a board. At present this comprises five elected members, who hold office for three years, and two members who are appointed for one year and are then reappointed on a yearly basis. We also have a patron, who holds a figurehead role in the organisation and provides input when necessary. The board meets eight times a year and is purely focused on issues of governance.

For operational matters, Autism New Zealand’s National Office has a staff, with our branches and education arm delivering our services.

Autism New Zealand receives some funding through contracts from Government Departments for specific programmes, as well as relying heavily on donations from sources in the community. These sources are primarily Charitable Trusts and a range of community grants; however, we also fund many of our activities and programmes through the generosity of individuals. We are extremely grateful for this continued support.

The Objectives of Autism New Zealand are:

1. Assisting parents, guardians and other persons who have the care of autistic people to provide for their needs.

2. Establishing and maintaining community support services for autistic people and those who make up their support network.

3. Ensuring that as far as possible, appropriate support is available for every autistic person wanting such support.

4. Helping parents, employees of Autism New Zealand and others to further the development of, and to undertake the care of, autistic people.

5. Promoting integration of autistic people into a participative role in the community so as to enable them to be as independent as possible and to enjoy the rights of New Zealanders to live the life they want to live, including providing appropriate training education and other support that is necessary or desirable to enable autistic people to develop their abilities fully and deliver such services as are appropriate.

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Autism Connect App

The Autism Connect app is a video chat tool for connecting our community together. Created for autistic people and those who make up their support network – so that they can connect, share learnings and journey together.

For the safety of our Autism NZ users and online community, we require every user to be verified using photo identification. Our team may contact you via email and/or phone as part of the verification process, prior to issuing you a username and password to use the Autism Dashboard and requested services.

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Privacy Policy

This privacy policy explains which information Autism NZ collects on, what we do with it and your rights to correct or change it.

Personal information
We only collect personal information if you choose to give it to us. If you submit a registration form or make a financial donation you provide us with personal contact information so we can connect with you to make further arrangements. All information provided will be held in accordance with the Privacy Act 2020.

We do use common internet technologies such as cookies on our website, and collect non-personal information to track traffic on our sites to improve our services. This data does not include personal information and is not linked to any personal information you may provide through our website.

Use and disclosure
The personal information you provide to us will only be used for the purposes for which you supplied it, or, in exceptional situations, for other reasons permitted under the Privacy Act 2020.

No personal contact information will be supplied to any third party.

This privacy policy only relates to our site. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the practices of sites of other organisations and businesses we may link to on our site. Please check the privacy policies on external sites before providing personal information to them or any other third party.

Your right to access information
The New Zealand Privacy Act of 2020 gives you the right to access and correct, update or delete any personal information that we hold about you. Contact us with your request.

Hit 'register' below and one of our team will verify your details and be in contact once your service request is approved.