About Autism

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

Repetitive behaviours

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.