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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.

Resources

All of our Positive Partnerships resources have been written and developed alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, schools and communities across the country.