1 in 100 Australians have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which equals about 115,400 people. These people, along with their friends, families, and carers make up a large and vibrant community.
Understanding autism and what it’s like to live with the condition helps us build a more inclusive, accessible community. Here’s how to make a start on awareness week (30th March – 5th April).
There’s lots of resources about autism available online, like from the Autism Awareness website. But apart from reading, it’s good to experience what living with autism is like. Here are some insightful videos and shows:
- Loop: a Pixar Sparkshort film available through Disney+. This story follows the growing friendship of an autistic girl and talkative boy as they travel together on a canoeing trip.
- Love On The Spectrum: an inspiring documentary series that follows seven singles on their journey to find love.
- Employable Me: the award-winning series tracks the progress of people with disability as they build their skills and look for work.
Despite the current coronavirus situation and the postponement of community events, it’s still a good time to learn about autism. You can do this by interacting with people and families with lived experience. We encourage you to seek out active discussions online or talk to someone you know with lived experience to get a better understanding of what’s life like on the spectrum.
Get support to grow
Through the NDIS we’ve been able to expand our range of supports and assist people with autism to achieve their goals. We offer one-on-one support to pursue hobbies, try different activities, and explore your local community.
We offer a tailored approach to help you build towards achieving your goals.
If you’d like more information about how we support people with disability and autism then give us a shout! Call 1800 610 665 or email us here.