AUSTRALIAN AUTISM ALLIANCE SCORECARD
THE ALLIANCE HAS RELEASED A SCORECARD MEASURING ELECTION COMMITMENTS FROM MAJOR PARTIES.
May 13 , 2022
The Australian Autism Alliance (Alliance) welcomes the commitment from the Coalition, Labor and the Greens to introduce a new National Autism Strategy in the next term of Parliament.
The Alliance believe this will be critical in shaping the future policy agenda and help improve the life outcomes of hundreds of thousands of Autistic Australians.
The National Autism Strategy is a major step forward from the current disjointed approach that autistic people and their families face in getting the support they need and will make a considerable difference whether they are NDIS participants or accessing other support services. However, the Alliance highlights that more action is required.
For more information and links to policies and/or other sources visit the The Alliance website.
AUSTRALIAN ADVISORY BOARD ON AUTISM CALLS FOR MORE THAN JUST AWARENESS
THE NEED FOR GREATER APPRECIATION ON WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY
April 2, 2022
Brisbane, Queensland – The Australian Advisory Board on Autism (AABA) is calling for World Autism Awareness Day to be recognized as an opportunity for the world to move beyond awareness towards a greater appreciation of Autism and the opportunities and challenges for people on the autism spectrum.
Research conducted by the Australian Catholic University suggests that over 85% of the Australian population have a family or other direct connection to a person on the spectrum. The AABA believe this statistic proves that while autism awareness has grown significantly, a greater understanding and appreciation of autism in the general population is needed.
AABA Chair Pam Macrossan, said “While the suggested awareness level of autism across Australian communities is to be welcomed, the complexity and variation is still not well understood. This gap in understanding can contribute to the exacerbation of the challenges facing our community and a reduction in opportunities for greater participation in all walks of life.”
“This lack of understanding is the most significant contributing factor in the preservation of many of the “myths” that surround autism.
“We hope World Autism Awareness Day can create a platform from which a more refined conversation can take place. A conversation that promotes and develops understanding, increases connection and engagement, and creates pathways to improved social and economic participation for all people on the spectrum.
“These discussions can build the foundations for inclusive and cohesive communities within which people on the autism spectrum, their families and supporters can live their best lives.”
The Australian Advisory Board on Autism is the national peak body of not for profit, evidence informed service providers for people on the autism spectrum, their families, carers and helpers.