Resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Painting by Paul Constable Calcott and artwork story 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).