Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)
Autism lasts a lifetime and affects about one in 100 Australians, or 250,000 people.
The word ‘spectrum’ reflects the different challenges that people on the autism spectrum face and the degree to which they may be affected.
Autism can impair social interaction, communication and behaviour, making participation in education, employment and relationships challenging. You can’t tell a person has autism by their outward appearance, which can make it difficult for both the person on the spectrum and those they are interacting with. Whether it’s at school, at work or in social settings, people with autism are often misunderstood.
Without support, people on the spectrum can experience isolation, anxiety, frustration and confusion – difficulties made worse by a lack of community understanding. The problem grows each year as an increasing number of people are diagnosed.
About Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)
Established in 1966, Aspect is Australia’s largest autism-specific service provider. Our vision is to create a world where everyone on the autism spectrum is treated with respect, included in the everyday, can build meaningful relationships and connections and given opportunities to thrive – so they won’t get left behind.
We offer a range of specialist services, and adapt them to the different needs of the individuals we support. We support people throughout the life stages, from early years to adulthood. We also provide much needed support to their families, carers, friends and colleagues. Our services include:
- Information and advice
- Diagnostic assessment
- Early intervention programs
- A network of autism-specific schools and classes
- Educational outreach
- Positive behaviour support
- Parent and family support networks
- Adult programs
- Parent education and professional development workshops
- Employment services and mentoring
Building an autism-friendly Australia
For people on the autism spectrum, many public spaces and community activities can be challenging to access – be it the supermarket, beach or local sports club.
We work with a range of organisations and community groups to make environments autism-friendly and therefore more inclusive. Sometimes, it’s the simplest of changes, extra support or additional resource that can make a world of difference and help people on the spectrum feel comfortable, included and able to participate and enjoy the same experiences as their peers – so they don’t miss out and get left behind.
If you, or someone you know is on the autism spectrum and need support or advice, please contact us: www.autismspectrum.org.au or 1800 277 328.