The enormous potential of autistic Australians is not being realised.
On the eve of International Day of People with a Disability (3 December), a pioneering network of organisations have come together to announce the formation of the Australian Autism Alliance. It brings together autistic people, their parents and carers, service providers and researchers.
As the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rolls out across Australia, "autism and related conditions" is the most common primary disability across the NDIS. The Quarterly Report to the Council Of Australian Governments (COAG) by the Disability Reform Council in June 2016 reports that "autism and related conditions" account for 31% of NDIS participants across the country.
Everyone is looking for better ways to realise the enormous potential of autistic Australians. Autistic people want to be the best that they can be. Their families and carers want access to the best available opportunities. Service providers want to provide the best support. Researchers want to ensure best practice. Government want to make the best investment.
The Australian Autism Alliance seeks to extend its network and influence to improve the life chances of autistic people and to facilitate cooperation within the autism community. We want the autistic community, parents and carers, autism organisations and researchers to join the journey.
We look forward to your involvement and assistance in spreading the word.
Forward this email to your contacts and invite others to sign up to ensure that the enormous potential of autistic Australians can be realised.