About Autism

Autistic people see, hear, feel and experience the world differently.

Autism is a condition that affects how a person thinks, feels, interacts with others, and experiences their environment. It is a lifelong disability and it is often referred as a hidden disability, as it may not be immediately apparent to others.

Autistic individuals each have their own distinct set of abilities, challenges, preferences, and personalities, much like anyone else. Some may face significant challenges in daily life, including increased stress and a sense of isolation due to difficulties in social interaction and sensory sensitivities. These difficulties may lead to mental health issues, highlighting the need for support.

Thankfully, therapy support, especially in the early years, as well as community inclusion and participation can greatly improve the lives of those on the autism spectrum.

Fostering community inclusion and participation enriches both the lives of Autistic individuals and the broader community. In addition to participating in this year's Walk for autism, we strongly encourage you to take some time to learn more about autism and make changes to your behaviours and environment to help support and celebrate Autistic people. You can find resources on Aspect's website.

Key takeaways/summary:

Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects the way a person communicates and interacts with other people
and his or her environment.
Because the world is not autism-friendly, 70% of Autistic people experience mental health issues.
Autism is often referred to as a ‘hidden disability’.
While Autistic people share certain characteristics, the word ‘spectrum’ reflects the broad range of individual challenges,
strengths, needs and preferences that individuals on the autism spectrum have.
Therapy support and early intervention are crucial for enhancing the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum.

For more information visit: www.autismspectrum.org.au or call 1800 277 328.