Autism is a developmental disorder that affects how someone perceives the world and interacts with others. It usually affects children and young adults and lasts throughout their lifetime. As autism varies greatly from person to person, we often refer to a spectrum of characteristics that they may display.
Like everyone else, people with the disorder possess a range of talents, abilities, and weaknesses. Therefore, no two people are affected the same.
It affects people of all backgrounds and cultures.
It is important to have a good understanding about autism and acknowledge people with autism as people and not as the disorder. This helps change attitudes and reduce barriers that may stop them from participating in the community.
Spread the message
1 in 100 Australians have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). You may have a family member, friend, or peer with autism. But even if you don’t know anyone you can still contribute towards positive change.
How you ask? Here’s a few ways to get started:
- Learn more about autism and what it’s not with these helpful resources
- Share your stories online and read about other experiences with autism
- Check out this new documentary featuring dads from different backgrounds with children on the autism spectrum
- Prepare your child or student with a number of free info sessions available across Perth
- Show your support by going blue for Autism Awareness Day on the 2nd April – get together with friends, dress up in blue, and make a celebration out of the day
Specialised support available
We understand that everyone with a disability is unique. That’s why we offer a range of individualised supports for young adults and children with autism. These include one-on-one sessions or group programs like our popular School Holiday Program.
Our programs also include special sensory play and low-stimulus sessions so participants can be at ease and enjoy themselves.