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For individuals

This World Autism Understanding Day we can all make changes to accommodate and communicate with Autistic individuals to make them feel supported, included and understood. Please see examples of what you can do to be more inclusive.

Take the initiative to educate yourself about autism, its characteristics and the diversity within the autism spectrum.

Approach the person with respect and acceptance, recognising that everyone is unique, and autism presents differently in each individual.

Foster open and honest communication. Ask the individual how they prefer to communicate and express their thoughts and feelings.

Avoid making assumptions or stereotyping based on preconceived notions of autism. Remember that each person's experience is individual.

Practice patience and understanding. Allow the individual time to process information and express themselves in their own way.

Enquire about any specific preferences or accommodations the person may have in social situations, communication styles, or sensory needs.

Engage in inclusive activities that the individual enjoys. This helps build connections and promotes a sense of community.

Encourage and support the person's independence while being available for assistance if needed. Respect their autonomy in decision-making.

Advocate for inclusive practices in the community, such as accessible events and facilities, to create an environment where everyone feels welcome.

Demonstrate empathy and understanding. Acknowledge any challenges the person may face and offer your support without pity or condescension.

Extend friendship and social inclusion. Invite the individual to gatherings and events, ensuring they feel welcomed and valued.

Share your knowledge about autism with others in the community to dispel myths and promote a more informed and accepting environment.

Aspect raises funds to support autistic individuals and also to Australia more autism-friendly. By holding a morning tea, you are providing a space to learn more about autism, while raising funds for the autism community at the same time.

Support a person on the autism spectrum by committing to walk 70,000 steps during the month of May. Register now


Fact Sheets

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What is autism?

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Supporting Autistic people who may want to disclose guide for non Autistic people

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How to be autism friendly

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Autism misconceptions

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Autism in girls and women

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Tackling bullying

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Being an Autistic parent

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Life with an Autistic sibling

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Being diagnosed on the autism spectrum as an adult

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Autistic Burnout



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For context, both of my children and myself are Autistic with characteristics that present very differently from each other. My son is in a support unit at school, and most people would notice that he is Autistic upon meeting him, whereas for both my daughter and myself it’s not as obvious.
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Michael Theo shares his insights on autism and reflects on his different brilliant.
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Emma Tomlinson – Singer/Songwriter and Autism Queensland Ambassador, writes a heartfelt blog about her experiences and perspective on autism.
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Meet Jess Horn, an author navigating life as a late-diagnosed Autistic individual. On her fourth World Autism Understanding Day with this personal knowledge, Jess shares her journey of self-acceptance amidst challenges and misconceptions.
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There are many myths and misconceptions about autism. Just as every person is unique and an individual, with their own idiosyncrasies, interests and hobbies, it’s important to remember ‘When you’ve met one person on the autism spectrum, you’ve met one person on the autism spectrum’
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It all started with graduating from the University of Wollongong and moving back to Sydney to start my career. After months of searching for any job, I came across a job ad on LinkedIn. The opportunity was to be a marketing and communications graduate and work for Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), a company that has played a massive part in my own life, my family's and of course, my amazing, older Autistic brother, Joshua.
Ainslie Robinson from Autism Spectrum Australia's Autism Friendly team discusses her role in making the world more accessible for Autistic individuals. As an Autistic mother, Ainslie brings personal insight into the challenges faced by Autistic people in public spaces and highlights the necessity of modifying these environments for greater inclusion.
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Guidance from an Autistic parent of a child on the autism spectrum about what to do and importantly not say when someone discloses their child is Autistic.

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