Current Events and Campaigns

City2Surf 2014! Sunday 10 August

The ‘AAA’ Runners are geared up and ready to go for the 2014 City2Surf!  The race is on Sunday 10 August and we'd love for you to join us. 

Whether you want to run, walk or crawl we promise it will be a fun day, and you know you'll be contributing to a great cause! Join the team and run with us!  Contact us to find out how. 

Can't make the race but still want to show your support? 
Then please help us raise funds by making a donation.  You can also share our team page via your Facebook, Twitter & email and encourage friends & family to make a donation. Our target this year is to raise $40,000 to help fund the expansion of our online tools and resources. 

Show your support for all Australians with autism and the families who love them by joining our team or MAKING YOUR DONATION today! 


The Lion King - autism friendly performance

We are thrilled to be partnering with Disney to bring you Australia's first ever autism friendly performances of THE LION KING!

The Lion king - autism friendlyPerformance dates
SYDNEY - Saturday 14 June 2014 at the Capitol Theatre
BRISBANE -  Saturday 29 November 2014 at QPAC
MELBOURNE - Date yet to be announced 

This specially adapted performance will be suitable for people on the autism spectrum and their families, to see the award-winning production in a friendly and supportive environment. Trained staff will be on hand, and dedicated quiet and activity areas set up, should anyone need to leave their seats.

Slight adjustments to the production include removal of strobe lighting, reduction of any jarring sounds and lights focused into the audience, house lights being dimmed and flexibility to bring your own snacks.

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains to the evocative rhythms of Africa, THE LION KING uses breathtaking theatrical magic to tell the story of Simba’s epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands.

Brisbane and Melbourne tickets are yet to go on sale. Please SIGN UP TO OUR WAIT LIST to register your interest and keep up to date with the latest information about the performances. 


Autism Awareness Bear - on sale now!

We’d like to introduce you to our new friend, Autism Awareness Bear!

The wonderful team at Build a Bear Workshop Australia have created this cute, fury blue friend especially for our community.

Bears are $30 and come with their own birth certificate, travel condo and endless love!

A portion of each sale is donated to Autism Awareness Australia to help our fund education and awareness programs to support Australian families affected by autism. 

Autism Awareness Bear is available from Friday 28 February both online and in Build a Bear Workshops across the country. Be quick as stocks are limited!



World Autism Awareness Day - 2 April 2014

Light It Up Blue' is a global campaign that sees thousands of iconic landmarks, cities and towns around the world turn blue on April 2 to recognise World Autism Awareness Day. The campaign highlights the pressing need for greater public education and awareness of autism in our community. 

We are proud to have initiated and hosted Australia’s participation in this campaign for the past three years.  This year we were thrilled to see cities and towns across the country turn blue on April 2! 

As part of the campaign, Autism Awareness Australia hosted an event in Sydney. What a wonderful night we had down at Sydney Harbour for World Autism Awareness Day! We'd like to thank all of our supporters who joined us, both in person and in spirit online! 

For 2014 we decided to light the Sydney skyline with a fabulous fireworks display to symbolise that the sky is the limit for all individuals on the autism spectrum! 

Together we can all shine a light on autism...



What are you doing? a film about autism

'What are you doing?' is a short film created by Autism Awareness Australia which aims to teach school-aged children about acceptance and understanding of their peers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

What are you doing? filmNarrated by television personality Tom Gleisner and written by 
‘The Other Country’ author Michael Whelan, the film includes enlightening interviews with the brothers, sisters, cousins, and friends of children on the spectrum. Through beautiful imagery, engaging narrative and quirky animation, ‘What are you doing?’ sends the all important message of inclusion and understanding of all those with ASD by their peers and within their communities. It has received glowing reviews at its three premieres in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and has enormous support from parents and educators across the country.

'What are you doing?', along with accompanying teaching materials, has been distributed to every school in Australia, totaling over 10,000 copies nationwide. To find out more about the national school disctribution of the filmp please click here


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