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Welcome to Autism SA

About Autism SA

Autism SA is an established, well-governed, registered for purpose, charitable organisation. As the first organisation of its kind in Australia, Autism SA was founded in 1964 by people with autism and their families. The 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. Since 1964, Autism SA has been single-minded in its focus upon supporting the autism community. Autism SA has been at the forefront of service development and advocacy with a strong legacy of being responsible for bringing many firsts to the community in South Australia and nationally.

Today the organisation prides itself on strong values-driven culture of empowerment of, and support for, individuals living with autism.

Our Vision:
Each individual on the autism spectrum lives 
the life they choose in an inclusive society

Autism SA has over 13,000 registered individuals on the autism spectrum. Autism SA’s workforce of currently over 290 staff provide a continually expanding range of quality services and supports, that are innovative and follow evidence based practice, to individuals across the lifespan, their families and professionals in a range of locations including the clinic, in-home, the community and schools. Autism SA aims to improve life outcomes for people on the spectrum 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 has earned a positive and consistent reputation for autism specialisation among individuals with autism and their families and supporters, disability stakeholders and the general public. It is our policy that our activities must be sustainable and meet our high standards for service quality, ethical practice and generate positive, person-centred outcomes for individuals, families, carers and others supporting our community.

Our strategic goal continues to be for Autism SA to remain true to its foundations whilst taking advantage of the biggest social reform for the disability sector, the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

We have five strategic pillars of focus – our clients, our community, our people, process and technology, leadership and governance.

With 55 years’ experience in providing services and programs, we continue to expand our services and supports to meet what individuals on the autism spectrum, and the autism community want, to support them to live the life they choose.

We are creating an inspirational culture of engaged, invigorated and empowered staff who are connected to our vision.

We are streamlining processes, focused on quality and safeguard outcomes and implementing systems to underpin the new environment in which we operate to enhance the customer experience for individuals and their families.

We support and encourage activities that build community capacity to create conducive environments to improve the social and economic contribution of people on the spectrum. This includes being the home of Autism Friendly where Autism SA has made a significant footprint in enabling businesses, recreational facilities and other iconic places around the nation become autism friendly.

Autism SA continues to advocate for policy change both locally and nationally. Autism SA is an elected member of the National Disability Services State Committee and a partner of the Australian Autism Alliance and Board member of the Australian Advisory Board of Autism, of which both have representation on the NDIA Autism Advisory Board.

Autism SA is quality certified, and is a registered provider of:

  • National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA);
  • Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) package;
  • Better Start; and
  • The Government of South Australia Disability Services 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).