|Subject||Parents Speak Out about Autism|
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)
|Excluded areas||We can provide speakers across Rotary District 9685, with the possible exception of the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury zones (please contact Leonie if interested, and we will endeavour to arrange for a speaker to travel to your zone)|
Did you know that autism affects one in 100 people in Australia? It’s four times more common in boys than girls and is a lifelong disability that affects communication and a person’s ability to form relationships. You might not know it but chances are someone you know is affected by autism – they might be a parent or carer, grandparent, sibling or extended family member.As the largest provider of autism services in the country, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) hears every day from parents and carers frustrated about the lack of awareness and understanding. Aspect also hears from extended family and friends who are confused and feel powerless to help their loved ones. So Aspect has created a new group of volunteer speakers to spread the word and tell you about their journey with autism.The Aspect ‘Speak Out’ ambassadors are parents happy to speak candidly about their personal experiences with autism and how Aspect has helped them in their times of need. Their wish is to inform their local community about autism and answer questions about autism. Personal stories can really illustrate what life is like living with autism. Aspect hopes that by telling these stories, club members will learn how they can make a real difference to children with autism in 2013 and beyond. Whether that’s through increased awareness and understanding, being better able to support people with autism in their own lives or supporting Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) with fundraising or by making a donation.
If your club or group would like to invite a volunteer ‘Speak Out’ presenter to present at your meeting, contact Leonie at Aspect (DETAILS ABOVE).
It is a lifelong disability that affects the way a person communicates and relates to other people and the world around them. People affected by autism tend to have problems in three areas: social interaction, communication and behaviour (restricted interests and repetitive behaviours).
About one in 100 people have autism, making it twice as common as cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy, childhood deafness or blindness and ten times more common than childhood leukaemia. There is no cure, but with specialist help those affected can learn to manage their disability.
About Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)
We started in 1966 with one class of six students in a rented hall. Today, we provide a broad range of services to people with autism regardless of age or degree of disability, including: diagnostic assessment, information and referral, early intervention, specialist schools and therapy, behaviour intervention, parent to parent support network, research, and adult programs.
This year we will work with over 9,000 people with autism and their families in NSW, VIC & ACT. We also run national autism training programs through our Positive Partnerships initiative.