Picture: Barrie Elvish, CEO Autism SA
A message from the CEO – Barrie Elvish
April has always been recognised as Autism Awareness Month at Autism SA and this April 2015 is my first as CEO. So it is really exciting!
In April at Autism SA we celebrate with our community and create awareness in the general public for Autism Spectrum Disorder….as the leaders in ASD for more than 50 years, we know how to support the community!
The prevalence though is growing at a faster rate than any other disability and diagnoses are doubling every five years - it is more common than Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Down syndrome, vision impairment and hearing loss combined.
Raising awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in our community is an important step towards facilitating and advocating for an inclusive community that values individuals and families living with ASD.
My team and I need your help to raise the awareness – you can do this by:
Please join me and be part of the team at Autism SA as we educate and change the perception of ASD in South Australia and celebrate the unique and wonderful gifts that people with ASD bring.
Watch this heartfelt film created by Anthony L'Huillier, an ABC Open producer in Port Augusta SA. With Chris Carpenter, a local filmmaker, he created a film about 7 year old Logan, who has Autism. ABC Open has launched this film on World Autism Awareness Day 2015.
About Autism SA
Since 1964, Autism SA has been the recognised leader for helping families and individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Our founding members were families driven by the desire to ensure that they had access to the best information, education, treatment and support. They advocated for acceptance and understanding. They encouraged research and leadership in the community. We have remained true to our beginnings to ensure that people with ASD get the most out of life.
People with ASD are at the centre of everything we do - we provide individualised and person-centred services and support. Whether you are a person living with ASD and/or a family member, carer or a professional looking for the latest information about ASD, Autism SA can assist you.
Our expert staff team deliver a range of quality services that are innovative and follow evidence based practice that are of world class standards.
Autism SA aims to improve life outcomes for people with ASD by providing and facilitating the very best information, connections, expertise, education, services, support and a strong representative voice for people in our community.
Autism SA is accredited and registered as a provider through:
• National Disability Insurance Agency;
• Helping Children with Autism Package;
• Better Start; and
• South Australian State Government Provider Panel.
Do you find our information and services useful? Our organisation relies heavily on fundraising support from our community to provide our range of services. Donate Now or Get Involved to support the work of Autism SA.
We invite you to take the time to peruse our website and if you require any further information, advice or support please call Autism SA on 1300 288 476 (1300 AUTISM).