Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month

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Did you know April is Autism Awareness Month?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disorder. It affects how people behave and interact with the world around them (Source: Autism spectrum disorder - symptoms, diagnosis and treatment | healthdirect)

The aim of Autism Awareness Month is to support and show acceptance of people with autism. There are over 200,000 Australians with autism. As a student, you can show acceptance and support to your fellow students with autism who may experience some challenges in the classroom and social settings.

 According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2018:

  • there were 205,200 Australians with autism 
  • males were 3.5 times more likely than females to have ASD
  • 77.7% of young people (aged 5 to 20 years) with autism who were attending school (or another educational institution) reported experiencing difficulty at their place of learning.

(Source: Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2018 | Australian Bureau of Statistics (

For our students with autism, Student Life provide a range of support services that can help you.

For more information on Autism check out these websites:

Amaze — Creating an autism inclusive Australia

Autism Awareness Australia - Empowering autism families

Celebrate autism in April (

World Autism Awareness Day - EN | United Nations