What is autism?
Autism is a complex lifelong developmental disability that affects a person’s ability to communicate, interact with others and cope in everyday situations.
Although incredibly variable, a person on the autism spectrum may demonstrate:
Challenges with back and forth conversations, and knowing when and how to join conversations
Challenges with developing, maintaining and understanding relationships with other people
Challenges with using and understanding non-verbal communication such as gestures and eye contact
Challenges coping with change and unexpected events
Narrow and intense interests, and a preoccupation with particular objects and topics
Challenges tolerating certain sensations or fascinations with certain sensations such as sounds, textures and smells
Approximately 205,200 Australians have autism*
Autism affects more males than females*
Survey of Disability of Ageing and Carers (SDAC), Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2018.