Current Events and Campaigns

#autism2014 - a national survey of autism parents and carers

autism2014 surveyIt’s time we started asking the right people, the right questions….

The NDIS launch sites are already up and running in cities across the country. Whilst it has been a long time coming, it’s finally here and we as a community must stand together to ensure that the Scheme finally meets the needs of our children – who have gone without for so long.

With the national rollout of the NDIS fast approaching, we believe it’s imperative to get a clearer picture of what autism support services look like in Australia and identify the gaps that currently exist in helping families provide better care, education and support for their loved ones with autism.

We recently conducted out our first national survey of parents and carers of children and young adults on the autism spectrum.

The results of the survey and currently being analysed and will be published on our website in October 2014.

The results will assist us in advocating the needs of our community to the Government, the National Disability Insurance Agency and other stakeholders during this important planning phase.


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!

Following the successful performance held in Sydney in June 2014 we are excited to announce we will be holding autism friendly performances of THE LION KING in Brisbane and Melbourne! 

The Lion king - autism friendlyPerformance dates
BRISBANE -  Saturday 29 November 2014 at QPAC
MELBOURNE - Saturday 8 August 2015 at the Regent Theatre - tickets on sale 1 December 2014

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.

To book your tickets for the Brisbane show and plan your experience please visit

How to Book
Call: 07 3840 7466
QPAC Box office: Cultural Precinct, Cnr Grey and Melbourne Street, South Bank 4101


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


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!



City2Surf 2014! Sunday 10 August

We ran, we walked, we did it!  The AAA Runners hit the pavement for the 2014 City2Surf and raised much needed awareness and funds to support all Australians on the autism spectrum and the families who love them 

We are very proud to have reached our fundraising goal of $20,000, which will go a long way in helping us expand out online tools and resources for parents and carers.

A huge thank you to everyone who ran with us, donated to our charity and supported our team.  We can’t thank you enough!

Check out our City2Surf photo album 


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...



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