Fact sheets

Below you can find information on a range of topics that we've researched for you.

  • NDIS heading

    Fact Sheet - NDIS

    NDIS - extended version National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme? The NDIS, funded by an increase to the Medicare levy, is a new insurance scheme that funds reasonable and necessary...

  • Fact Sheet - Men's business

    Men's Business - extended version The role of dads in families has changed over the years. Dads these days are often a lot more involved with their kids than their own dads were.  This is true in families without disabilities as well as...

  • Couple study note pad at computer

    Fact Sheet - Using evidence to guide decision making

    Using evidence to guide decision making - extended version Every individual on the autism spectrum is different and there are many different ways to help them. It can be hard to choose which intervention (way to help) to try because there are so...

  • Doctor giving child a pill

    Fact Sheet - Different interventions

    Different interventions - extended version Choosing an appropriate and effective intervention for a child with autism can be very difficult for families and professionals. This is because there are many and varied interventions and treatments...

  • Young boy looking confused and questioning

    Fact Sheet - Questions to ask when choosing interventions

    Questions to ask when choosing interventions - extended version There are many different interventions for individuals on the autism spectrum. Parents need to think about the benefits and drawbacks of programs when thinking about using them...

  • Cheeky young boy with spoon in mouth

    Fact Sheet - Gluten-free, casein-free diet

    Gluten-free, casein-free diet - extended version What is the issue? Many families try ‘alternative’ ways to help their child on the autism spectrum. One thing that some parents try is the ‘gluten free, casein free diet’. This means not eating...

  • Childs arm being giving a needle

    Fact Sheet - Vaccinations & autism

    Vaccinations and autism - extended version What is the issue? Autism is a condition that is thought to start before birth but is not always noticed until a child is a toddler. It is often when a child doesn’t learn to talk or interact as...

  • Adult guides a child’s hands over keyboard

    Fact Sheet - Facilitated communication & autism

    Facilitated communication - extended version What is the issue? Facilitated Communication (FC) is a way of helping people who can’t talk to communicate. In FC, a helper called a ‘facilitator’ helps the person to touch or point to letters on a...

  • Woman performing sign language

    Fact Sheet - Key word signing

    Key word signing - extended version Sign language has been used with people on the autism spectrum since the 1970s to help their communication. Even though most people on the spectrum are not deaf, using sign language and speaking at the...

  • Child reading intensely

    Fact Sheet - Savant skills

    Autistic savants are children and adults who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and who display remarkable abilities or skills in one or several domains. Savant abilities and/or splinter skills, may be exhibited in the following skill areas or...