The Australian Autism Alliance is calling on major political parties to make four key commitments to enhance the quality of life and lifelong outcomes for autistic Australians and their families ahead of this year’s federal election.
Education, employment, health and mental health are the key areas of focus, as research shows the 650,000 autistic people in Australia continue to experience poorer health, higher rates of mental health conditions, unemployment and lower levels of education.
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The Australian Autism Alliance, which is a national network of autism organisations, has outlined four key commitments it wants all major political parties to make ahead of the federal election :
“We believe the current approach to autism policy needs a more coordinated, national approach as more and more people get diagnosed with the disability,” said Co-Chair of the Autism Alliance, Jenny Karavolos.
“The Australian Autism Alliance believes by adopting these four commitments, our next Federal Government will help hundreds of thousands of autistic Australians to realise their potential and fundamentally improve their quality of life.
“COVID-19 has also presented significant additional challenges to autistic people. Ensuring they are not forgotten in the pandemic recovery plans will be vital for those who are already facing much worse outcomes than their fellow Australians,” said Co-Chair of the Autism Alliance, Paul Micallef.
“1 in 4 Australians now have a family member with autism so it’s in our national interest that we act now,” he said.
For more information go to: australianautismalliance.org.au
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