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Information, Education, Inclusion, Awareness

Our goal is simple: to improve the lives of all Australians on the autism spectrum and the families who love them.

We empower parents and carers with quality information and resources. We provide targeted educational programs to families, professionals and the broader community. We support inclusion for people on the autism spectrum… and we have some fun along the way too.

Our campaigns and events have reached millions of Australians. We are proud to have delivered all of our programs free of charge across the country, including rural and regional communities.

Our mission is to spark positive change by increasing education and understanding of autism in Australia. We hope our efforts will lead to earlier diagnosis, access to effective interventions and more meaningful supports to help people on the spectrum reach their full potential.

A member of the United Nations DPI

In 2011, Autism Awareness Australia was welcomed as an NGO member of the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI). We are proud to be the only Australian autism related NGO, and one of only a handful of autism organisations globally, to have been accepted as a member of the UNDPI.

We were invited to present as an inspiring NGO, and leading autism education and advocacy organisation, at the annual NGO Orientation Program in June 2011 at the UN headquarters in New York.

In 2013 we were again invited to the UN headquarters in New York to present our short documentary film ‘What are you doing?’ as part of the World Autism Awareness Day presentation.

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Our board

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Nicole Rogerson - CEO and Director

Nicole Rogerson is the founding Director and CEO of Autism Awareness Australia and is one of the nation’s leading advocates for the awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Nicole has led many campaigns and events that have inspired, touched and educated Australians, including Light It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day, production of a short film ‘What are you doing?’ for school children, and three television community service announcements.

Nicole is one of the most passionate voices on the challenges of autism in Australia, having hosted numerous seminars, advised the Federal Government and presented to the United Nations. She is frequently asked to speak about autism, with appearances on 60 Minutes, the 7.30 Report, the Today Show, A Current Affair, Today Tonight and Australian Story as well as The Australian, Fairfax newspapers and The Australian Women’s Weekly

Aside from Autism Awareness Australia, Nicole is the National General Manager of the Lizard Centre, Australia’s leading early intervention centre for children with autism and developmental delays.

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Stephanie Smith - Director

Stephanie is a partner at PwC, the leading global professional services firm, working with clients in the financial services industry for over 19 years.

In 2012, Stephanie volunteered with Surfers Healing, a US not-for-profit who introduces the unique experience of surfing to children on the autism spectrum.   She was impacted by the challenging and positive experiences she witnessed, a therapeutic moment for the kids instilling calm and confidence, and a celebration for the families who see what their kids can do.  Stephanie was instrumental in facilitating the partnership of Surfers Healing with Autism Awareness Australia and bringing these experiences to our Aussie kids on the spectrum.

Prior to her involvement with Surfers Healing, Stephanie was completely unaware of the challenges faced by kids on the spectrum and their families.   She has now met hundreds of these special kids and families and is passionate about helping Autism Awareness Australia in their goals including educating the broader community and supporting increased understanding and inclusion.