Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Painting by Maria Watson-Trudgett and artwork story

Positive Partnerships acknowledge Aboriginal and  Torres Strait Islander cultures, and we recognise the traditional  owners of the land and sea.

While there have been significant impacts on the land, its people and their cultures over many generations, we know in our hearts that the stories and spirits of the First People will always be written in the landscape.

In the spirit of reconciliation, we honour and respect the custodians past and present and we are grateful for the opportunity to join with them in continuing to nurture this land and its people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities face ongoing and increasing difficulties around disability in general, but of particular interest to Positive Partnerships is the lack of awareness or recognition of autism.

The lack of visibility of Aboriginal people on the autism spectrum means that it is mostly unheard of in many areas. Lack of appropriate services, appropriate diagnostic assessments and tools, the absence of trusted relationships, and the fear of shame and blame have led to lower numbers of children formally diagnosed with autism.

Learn more about autism in this simplified What is autism fact sheet (347 KB).