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Children from all backgrounds, countries and levels of society can be diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Current data shows that autism is under-diagnosed among indigenous communities. In many areas, autism is unheard of. Other challenges include lack of access to local services or diagnostic assessment tools, an absence of trusted relationships, or the fear of shame and blame.
We worked together with the First Peoples Disability Network to set up a National Aboriginal Reference Group to help improve diagnoses rates and support for indigenous families with autistic children. After whole-of-community consultations, we developed a range of tools and resources designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
All of our Positive Partnerships resources have been written and developed alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, schools and communities across the country.
Autism Voices Book
This book is a collection of illustrated valuable insights into the journey experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
Download our Journeys Over Time comic book and Djarmbi Storybook as resources to support educators and families.
Story Telling Film Clips
Unique story telling animations to share autism related stories of families from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
These resources provide a talking point for school staff and service providers to have a yarn with parents and carers about the characteristics of autism.
Storyboard and Storybook
Download planning templates used to gather children’s individual stories.
Working with schools & communities
Positive Partnerships deliver several programs and workshops that support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families, schools and communities.
Here you can access a number of resources used across the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs and workshops.