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Autism Awareness Australia

Founded in 2007, Autism Awareness Australia is a not-for-profit autism education and awareness organisation.

Their goal is simple: to improve the lives of all Australians on the autism spectrum and the families who love them.

Vision and mission

Autism Awareness Australia is all about empowering autism families.

How Autism Awareness Australia can help

They ensure autistic individuals, and their parents/carers have access to the best possible free information, resources and tools to empower them to support themselves or their loved ones on the spectrum.

They also provide targeted educational programs to families, professionals and the broader community. All of this alongside their ongoing push to de-mystify and bring awareness to the abilities and challenges faced by the autism spectrum community.

Programs and apps and tools

  • Autism: What Next?: a free digital toolkit to help you navigate the first year following an autism diagnosis

Autism Awareness’s campaigns and events have reached millions of Australians. They have delivered the majority of the programs free of charge across the country, including in rural and regional communities.

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This information was originally published on healthdirect - Autism Awareness Australia.

Last reviewed: November 2021

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Therapies for preschoolers | Autism Awareness Australia

All of our kids deserve a loving and welcoming educational setting, as do their parents

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Telling people about a diagnosis - Autism Awareness Australia

Some families are very open about talking about their child’s diagnosis, while others tend to tell people only on a “need to know” basis. For more information visit the website.

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Autism Early Intervention | Autism Awareness Australia

If your child is diagnosed with autism when they are very young then your family has a golden chance to implement an early intervention program.

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Sibling support - Autism Awareness Australia

When a child is diagnosed with autism, it can be easy for parents to forget that the child's siblings could be hurting or confused too.

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What is early intervention? | Autism: What next?

Early intervention is a term that means starting therapeutic interventions as soon as possible. For autism, early intervention means specialised support for young children.

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Autism & schools | Autism: What next?

Finding the right school starts with understanding your options and ensuring the school is the right fit for your child.

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Rural & regional options | Autism: What next?

Children who live in rural and regional Australia have more limited school options, but there are still choices.

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Gender differences | Autism: What next?

Autism can present differently in boys and girls. It is important to understand these differences to provide the best support.

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Co-occurring conditions | Autism: What next?

People with autism may also be diagnosed with another co-occurring condition. Knowing what these conditions are can help you navigate the different assessments and interventions required.

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Myths & misconceptions | Autism: What next?

For too many years there have been pervasive myths and misconceptions about autism. Here we debunk the nonsense and give you the facts.

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