Current Events and Campaigns

Shine at the House

Join us on April 2 at the Sydney Opera House to mark the United Nations World Autism Awareness Day. For the 5th consecutive year, Autism Awareness Australia will be lighting the sails of the Opera House a beautiful blue to mark the occasion. Each year our iconic landmark is the first building to turn blue, followed by the Empire State building,  Arc de Triumph, the Pyramids of Egypt and the list goes on. 

This year we have secured the best seats in the house! Join us for our inaugural fundraising gala dinner 'Shine at the House’ to mark this international awareness campaign. Hosted by James Valentine and featuring one of Australia's most iconic bands - the Hoodoo Gurus, it’s set to be a night to remember! An evening of great food and wine from Aria Catering, and a special guest from the United Nations in New York.

Together let's all shine a light on autism and mark this special global awareness day.

Saturday 2 April 2016
Opera Point Marquee, Sydney Opera House
7:00pm – 11:30pm
Tickets: $250pp + GST



Surfers Healing Australia 2016

SHA web tileSurfers Healing Australia introduces the unique experience of surfing to children on the autism spectrum. We ride waves together and tap into the tranquility of the ocean to help calm the sensory overload that can often accompany autism.

On the surface, it seems simple, our free surf days give children with autism and their families a fun, engaging day at the beach.

But go deeper, and you'll see it’s so much more than that.
Through the simple act of surfing, we're defying the status quo.

Join us this March to share in this awesome experience!

Sunday 13 March - Manly Beach, Sydney

Saturday 19 March - Trigg Beach, Perth 

Places are limited and pre registration is essential.  

To find out more visit the Surfers Healing Australia event website

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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