About us

Empowering autism families

Autism Awareness Australia was founded in 2007 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 the majority 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.

Our team

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Nicole Rogerson
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Elizabeth Sarian
Executive Officer
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Nicole Hurley
Project Manager
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Marlene Sayadian
Office Manager
Melanie Carrier
Melanie Carrier
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Sally Collins
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Tabitha Pearson
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Dr Andrew Whitehouse

Use of language

Words connect us.
The words we use create shared stories that can bring us together as a community.

At Autism Awareness Australia how words are used is very important to us.

We know there are many different perspectives in the autism space and we respect people’s personal preferences about how they refer to themselves and others.

Many autistic people prefer to use identity-first language, like: ‘I am autistic’.

There are also parents and families, who use person-first language, like: ‘I am a person with autism’ or ‘My child has autism’.

It might not seem like there’s much difference here but, for some people, it matters a lot.  

Content from Autism Awareness Australia is written and produced by autistic people, as well as parents and carers of autistic children.

These amazing and courageous people have used their own words and their personal language to share their stories.

That’s why there are different versions of autism language references throughout this platform.

By sharing these stories, we know we can build relationships and communities that support autistic people and the family and friends who love them.

Our work

Annual reports