Past Events and Campaigns


1 in 100 need it funded

1 IN 100 campaignThis election, speak up for all Australians with Autism.

In all of the promises and spin of the next few weeks, it is crucial for us to make our voices heard.

For too long the autism community has been grossly under-funded and under-supported and we are tired of watching our children go without. We need funding for services and intervention right now.

We need to remind our politicians that 1 in 100 need it funded and we need it now!


City2surf 2013 - Sunday 11 August

City2surf 2013

Team Autism Awareness Australia proudly took part in the 2013 Sun Herald City2Surf on the 11th of August.

We ran, walked and even crawled our way the 14kms from Sydney CBD to Bondi to raise awareness and funds in support of all Australians on the autism spectrum.  

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

You can check our all the photos here.

Until next year! 

Light it up blue - 2nd April 2013

SOH 2013 light it up blueWe did it! The Sydney Opera House was illuminated a brilliant blue on Tuesday 2nd April 2013 for World Autism Awareness Day! Thanks to the support and generosity of Australians all across the country we were able to shine a bright light on autism, for all individuals on the spectrum and the families who love them.

Autism Awareness Australia was determined that Sydney would play a prominent part in this important global campaign, and we will continue to ensure we are represented in the coming years. 

For us, it was never about a light. It wasn’t even about the colour blue. It was, and always will be, about making Australia more ‘Autism Aware’ … and our ‘Light it up blue’ campaign certainly achieved that!

Thank you to everyone who donated to our campaign, who shared, posted and tweeted our messages!  Your contribution helped make it such a huge success!

View our Light it up blue photo album 

For all the campaign details visit

Autism: Building Positive Outcomes - 20 April 2013

What a fantastic day we had on Saturday 20 April at our event ‘Autism: Building Positive Outcomes!’ A great day of info and support for parent and professionals, which we are delighted to say was FREE!

The event combined Autism Masterclasses and an Info Hub, where visitors met with quality ASD product and service providers. 

Our Masterclass program featured two concurrent streams, one focused on early intervention and the other focused on adolescents and teenagers. The program was designed to give parents and professionals essential and practical information on topics such as: understanding ASD, funding entitlements, early intervention options, behaviour management strategies and addressing autism in adolescents.

Our speaker panel included international guests from the USA Dr Bobby Newman, Dr Eric Larsson & Dr John McEachin, as well as a host of Australian experts Dr James Best, Shannon Eeles, Charmaine Fraser, Ramona Toscano, Gail Quinn, Kathryn Wicks, Benison O’Reilly, Aurora Hammond, Michael Whelan and William Johns.

Whilst the weather wasn’t on our side, visitors who attended were certainly happy that they did! It’s not often that we see so many great minds are in the same room, and we are very proud that we were able to host such an important and much needed event free of charge to the community.

We plan to continue to take our parent and professional educational series around Australia in the near future. Stay tuned to see where we go next!





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...



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!




Boxy George at Sydney Opera House - autism friendly performance

A very exciting first time event for families in Sydney!  On Saturday 6 October, Sydney Opera House will welcome friends, carers and families to a special autism-friendly performance of Sligsby’s BOXY GEORGE. The performance has been chosen to ensure everyone is able to enjoy the experience in a supportive, friendly, environment. Lighting and sound elements will be adjusted to ensure consistency throughout the performance, and front of house staff will be briefed to ensure ease of exit & re-entry to the auditorium if necessary.

Madsen is alone. His life is simple and he is in control. One day, a box turns up. Soon there are more - and soon they have legs. Before long, Madsen's world is turned upside down. Boxy George is an intimate theatre experience designed for children to share in the delight of puppetry.

Saturday 6 October 2012 at
12.30pm - 1:15pm
Studio at Sydney Opera House
Tickets: From $29

Bookings: Call Box Office on 02 9250 7777

Sun Herald City2Surf - 12 August 2012

Team Autism Awareness is once again entering the Sun Herald City2Surf! We are raising funds so we can continue our invaluable work of increasing awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) throughout Australia.

The Sun-Herald City2Surf is acknowledged as Australia's premier road race and the 14km race from Sydney CBD to Bondi is being held on Sunday 12 August 2012 . It is set to be the biggest yet!

Last year more than 85,000 people registered to take part in the race and more than $3.6 million was raised for over 600 charities!

City2Surf 2012 Team Autism AwarenessWill you run or raise for Autism Awareness Australia?

Join the team & run with us!  Email 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, or by sharing our team page via your Facebook, Twitter & email and encourage friends & family to make a donation!

We are in training and all geared up to beat our record of $27,000 from last year's race! With your support we know we can do it!

Run or raise for Autism Awareness Australia, and show your support for all individuals with an ASD and the families who love them! We look forward to seeing you on August 12th!


Light it up blue for World Autism Awareness Day-  2 April 2012

light it up blue 2012

We were thrilled to have once again taken part in ‘Light it up blue’ - a global initiative to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern that is autism.  Iconic landmarks across Australia and the world turned blue on the 1st & 2nd of April 2012 in support World Autism Awareness Day!  

Autism Awareness Australia was proud to light up the Sydney Opera House and Old Parliament House in Canberra blue in support of the campaign.  We joined with other Australian autism organisations to light landmarks across the nation including Federation Square, Wheel of Brisbane, William Jolly Bridge and Parliament of Tasmania.

We held a free community event in Sydney where the Director of the United Nation's office in Canberra presented the UN Secretary General's message for World Autism Awareness Day.

This was our second year of recognising this important cause, which helps increase understanding and education about autism throughout the world.

You can see all the photos from the campaign on our Facebook page. 

For more information about World Autism Awareness Day please visit

Get your motor running… motorbike fundraiser, 22 April 2012!

get your motor runningA huge thank you to Michael & Andrea Hart for organising a fantastic motorbike ride fundraiser, 'Get your motor running', for Autism Awareness Australia! 

They banded together with other motorbike enthusiasts to raise awareness & funds in support of all those affected by autism, a cause that’s close to their hearts. 

The event took place on Sunday 22 April 2012 with over 60 riders starting out in the Rocks Sydney and riding to the Shire, where they were met by 200 supporters for a family BBQ.

Thank you to the gorgeous Hart family & their supporters for creating a great opportunity to increase understanding and support for all individuals on the spectrum!

You can check out all the photos on our Facebook page 


‘Get your members out’ campaign

Get your members out

Autism Awareness Australia was proud to hold a special premiere screening of our short documentary film,“What are you doing?”, at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 28th February 2012.

We invited all of Australia’s sitting MP’s and Senators to the screening in the Parliament House Theatrette - and called on our supporters to join the campaign and help us 'get your members out'. 

The autism community across the nation contacted their local Senators and members of parliament, urging them to come along to this important and educational film screening. 

The event was a huge success! We are pleased to say that the Senators and MP's were all very moved by the film and felt it was a great way to explain autism to school aged children and even to a few adults.  

Now it’s time to get this film distributed and we are working hard to ensure that happens asap!


Launceston Autism Info Day - 19 November 2011

Our panel of industry professionals, medical practitioners and experienced parents presented a free one-day seminar on Saturday 19 November 2011 to a full house in Launceston!  Our program covered topics such as; What is Autism – The Early Warning Signs, funding entitlements, early intervention options and behaviour management strategies.   The audience benefited from hearing everyday, practical strategies that can help improve the life of a child on the autism spectrum.  We've received some wonderful feedback about the event, here's what people had to say

Launceston Autism Info Day"What a great day! So interesting, THANKYOU all so much"  Karleen

"On Saturday I attended the information day in Launceston and thought it was brilliant, so pleased I went." Julie

"Thank you so much! Your presentation was very informative and I got a lot out of what it. You have all achieved so much and it is kind of you to pass on this information." Liz

A huge thank you to our sponsor, Ruralco Holdings, for funding and supporting our 2011 rural and regional 'Autism Info Days' in 2011.

Look forward to doing it again in 2012!

Darwin Autism Info Day - 27 August 2011

Through the support of Aussie Helpers Children's Fund, we are continuing our free regional Autism Info Days in 2011!  We presented our first event this year in Darwin on Saturday 27 August 2011.  The program gave practical and essential information to parents, carers and professionals living and working with children on the autism spectrum.

Our panel of industry experts, experienced parents and published authors presented a free one day seminar covering topics such as; What is Autism – The Early Warning Signs, funding entitlements, early intervention options and behaviour management strategies. 

darwin autism info day 27 August 2011

Following the success of our Darwin event we are heading to Launceston on Saturday 19 November to provide help and support to the community in Tasmania.  Registration and details will be available soon! 

Feedback from 2010 Autism Info Days
“I would like to extend our thanks and gratitude for the seminar which we attended on Saturday.  None of us can believe that you would put on such a professional event free of charge.  We all had a great time and came home with a wealth of information.  It was great to go to such an event that was filled with facts, fun and such positive attitudes.”  Maree

“We attended your Autism Info Day seminar today and just wanted to say how fantastic it was. Thank you for putting together a wonderful program and for your practical and often funny take on Autism Spectrum Disorder.  You have given my husband and I an incredible kick start to our autism journey.” Angela


City2Surf 2011 Fundraiser - Team Autism Awareness

On Sunday 14 August, Team Autism Awareness proudly participated in the 2011 Sun Herald City 2 Surf! With 32 team members we ran, jogged, walked and crawled the 14km track from Sydney CBD to Bondi Beach to raise funds for Autism Awareness! 

Team Autism Awareness

A huge thank you to everyone who ran for, and donated to, Team Autism Awareness.  We appreciate your support and couldn't have done it without you!

The funds raised will help us continue our invaluable work of increasing awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) throughout the nation. 

Check out all the pics on our Facebook Page and  our highlights video here

Looking forward to next year! 


Autism Awareness presents to the United Nations

Following recent NGO membership to the United Nations Department  of Public Information (UNDPI), Autism Awareness was invited to present at the annual NGO Orientation Program commencing on Wednesday 1 June 2011 in New York (EST)

We were selected to present as an inspiring NGO and leading autism education and advocacy organisation. The presentation detailed the vital educational and awareness campaigns they facilitate throughout Australia, to increase awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Autism Awareness is the only Australian autism related NGO , and one of only a handful of autism organisations globally, to have been accepted as a member of this UNDPI.

“It’s such an honour to be invited to present to the United Nations and this amazing group of NGO’s” said Nicole Rogerson, Director and Founder of Autism Awareness.  “The response to our presentation today was overwhelmingly positive. Through our new UN affiliation we aim to take Australia’s message,  for better understanding and awareness of ASD, to an international audience.’

The conference runs from 1-2 June 2011 at United Nations headquarters in New York.


Autism - Building Positive Outcomes

On the 26th of February 2011 we hosted our first free parent and professional seminar in Melbourne. The event featured leading international Behaviour Analyst, Dr Bobby Newman, along with a panel of Australian ASD experts. The program was designed to provide parents, professionals and caregivers with essential and practical information on topics such as: what is Autism, funding entitlements, early intervention options and behaviour strategies.

This seminar gave us the opportunity to bring invaluable information to those living and working with children with ASD, and most importantly, at no cost to families who are already struggling with the financial burden of caring for a child on the spectrum.

The event was made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Victorian state government, Department of Human Services.

Here’s what people had to say about the day

“You gave us information, practical advice, possible solutions and you made us laugh.... you also gave us hope and the comfort and reassurance provided by just being in a room with people on the same journey.” David and Marian

“I just had to thank you all so much for the tremendous organisation and presentation of information at yesterdays seminar in Melbourne . I truly gained so much info, and what’s more, the reassurance that there is hope and light at the end of that tunnel. Your collective insight was just so reassuring and some of the anecdotes were hilarious.” Christine

National Autism Summit

Autism Awareness was proud to host the inaugural National Autism Summit on Friday 1st April 2011. The Summit was held at the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney and facilitated by respected journalist Ellen Fanning.  The event was part of our World Autism Awareness Day series for 2011.

27 organisations, with a combined membership of 62,000 individuals, attended the event. This represents a substantial proportion of the Australian autism community. 

The theme of the Summit was ‘Simplify, Unify, Amplify’. Delegates discussed the fundamental issues of diagnosis, early intervention, education, adulthood / life, research and funding and formulated united statements around these topics.  We are delighted to say that there was unanimous approval from the delegates to work together to create a peak national body, with additional representation from interest groups in the autism community outside of the state organisations.  All delegates acknowledged the great work going on in a number of existing organisations but saw the need to unify our efforts through a peak body, which could simplify and align our messages to the key audiences of Federal and State Governments and the Australian public.

The action plan formulated at the National Autism Summit will be published on our website later this year.

To view all the photos from the event, please visit us on

Autism Awareness on Facebook

Light It Up Blue Sydney - 1 April 2011 for World Autism Awareness Day

What an incredible night we had on Friday 1 April for World Autism Awareness Day! The Sydney Opera house looked spectacular in a haze of blue, while guests watched on from across the harbour at our cocktail party, Our 'Light it up blue' event was featured in newspapers and news reports across the world, helping to spread the message of World Autism Awareness Day to an international audience.

'Light it up blue' is an annual global initiative - on April 1st and 2nd a host of world famous building and landmarks we lit blue to support World Autism Awareness Day.  Autism Awareness was proud to organise and host the Sydney event, where we lit the sails of the Sydney Opera House a brilliant blue in recognition of this important cause.

Autism Awareness also created a virtual 'Light it up blue' campaign on our website, where people could light their own blue light bulb to show their support.  We are thrilled to annouce that over 3,300 blue light bulbs were lit in in less than 2 weeks!

We would like to thank everyone for supporting Autism Awareness and our Light it up blue campaign! Whether you lit your own virtual light bulb, lit your house blue, wore blue on the day, made a donation, set up your own fundraising event or spread the message of awareness in your community.... THANK YOU! Your support has made a difference and contributes to creating a better understanding and awareness of autism spectrum disorders in our community.

To view all the photos from the event visit us on

Autism Awareness on Facebook


Altered State

What a night! The first ever concert 'Altered State' was a resounding success!

In the opulent setting of the State Theatre, over 700 guests were treated to a memorable and exciting night of stellar stand-up and music.

Most importantly, this show-stopping event focused the spotlight on the need for greater awareness of Autism in the community.

Early Warning Signs booklet – nationwide distribution

With the proceeds raised from the concert we launched a nationwide educational campaign, distributing 8,500 copies of our 'Childhood Development - The Early Warning Signs' booklet to every medical centre and paediatrician in Australia.

As a health promotion charity, we are only too aware of the lack of information available to health professionals and the greater community when trying to recognise the warning signs of Autism in a child, or diagnose the condition.

The campaign has been hugely successful and is part of our ongoing objective to increase awareness and understanding of ASD in our community.

City to Surf - Fundraiser

A group of gorgeous supports banded together to form Team Lizard and participated in the 2010 City to Surf fun run in Sydney. Some ran, some jogged and some crawled, but they all helped raise over $12,000 for Autism Awareness. The funds raised from this event have been put towards creating our new website and directory. Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who ran and everyone who supported them!

Communication Shutdown

Communication Shutdown is a global awareness and fundraising campaign for autism.

People were asked to show their support for those with autism around the world by purchasing a Charity Application (chap) and going without Facebook or Twitter on November 1 2010. By shutting down their social communication mediums, participants would have some idea of the challenges that many people with autism face every day with communication and social interaction.

The campaign was supported by many local and international celebrities including Miranda Kerr, Steven Seagal, Buzz Aldrin, Hamish & Anmdy, Fran Drescher and the Brisbane bronco's to name a few.

Autism Awareness was one of the fortunate beneficiaries of funds raised from this campaign.

Autism Info Days - Regional series

With the support of Aussie Helpers Children's Fund, we hosted our first regional Autism Info Day series in QLD, VIC and NSW. These free information days provided attendees with practical and essential information on topics such as: What is Autism – The Early Warning Signs, funding entitlements, early intervention options and behaviour strategies. Speakers included industry experts, doctors, authors and parents, and the event was free to the public

Our Autism Info Days gave families in region areas the opportunity to access information normally only available in major cities. It is part of our commitment to the ASD community Australia wide, to brining quality information and experience to those in regional areas.

We would like to thank Aussie Helpers Children's Fund for their support in helping us deliver these events.


Autism Expo

In 2009, we submitted a request and received a grant from the NSW government to assist with the increasing cost of staging the Expo. This allowed us to book the impressive John Niland Scientia building at the University of NSW and also enabled us to sponsor internationally renowned and well published U.S. Behaviour Analyst, Bobby Newman


Women’s Weekly Special report – The Early Warning Signs

Utilising a generous grant from the Shane Warne Foundation, we worked together with the team at Australian Women's Weekly and a host of medical professionals to produce a pull-out booklet which was included in the July 2008 edition of that magazine. This enabled valuable information to reach many families in a user friendly and accessible format through the 800,000 copies which were distributed throughout Australia. As a direct result of this project, many parents sought medical advice and therefore many children received early intervention aimed at giving them a better future.

Autism Expo

The 2008 Autism Expo was held at Sydney University's Seymore Centre. In response to the feedback from the first Expo, some of Australia's leading professionals combined to deliver presentations on a range of topics which offered practical advice and strategies for the parents and professionals who attended. The extensive exhibition area allowed families to gather information at their leisure.

Community service announcement – TVC

Nicole and her husband, Ian Rogerson, a well-known radio broadcaster and television personality, brought together many well known Australians, leading production professionals and very special children with autism to make a television commercial/community service announcement to raise awareness of

autism. This was screened on all television stations and heard on Sydney and regional radio stations for several months and can be viewed on our website. Every single wonderful person involved in this project donated their time and expertise.


Autism Expo

The idea to create autism Awareness originated when Nicole was returning from an overseas conference. Having seen the excellent free information and support that was accessible in the USA, Nicole decided that it was time to bring a similar concept to Australia. The first Autism Expo 2007 was the first event put together by Autism Awareness. The Expo was held at Sydney's Macquarie University. This was organised in just eight weeks and included a series of presentations and an exhibition hall of service organisations.. The was free event for the ASD community, bringing together services providers, professionals educational material, support services and families.

Launch of website and Online Directory

The Autism Awareness website was launched with the aim of being the best resource for appropriate information and services for those living and working with ASD. This comprehensive website is used by individuals, families and professionals to access information about diagnosis, early intervention options, education options and services for adolescents and adults affected by autism.

Our online directory includes only reputable providers of autism related products and services across Australia.

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