Abigail spoke in Parliament about the urgent need to support a National Autism Strategy, in light of World Autism Awareness Day.
(1) That this House notes that Saturday 2 April 2022 is World Autism Awareness Day, a day that celebrates the valuable contributions that people with autism make to our society and raises awareness of the significant barriers faced by people with autism.
(2) That this House notes that, according to the Australian Autism Alliance:
(a) urgent action is needed by all levels of government and society to eliminate barriers to vital support and opportunities for people with autism in areas of education, employment, health, community understanding and more;
(b) approximately 85 per cent of Australians have personal contact with an autistic person, however only 4 per cent of people with autism and their families agree that people in the community know how to support them;
(c) there are gaps in support for people with autism, including long waiting times for diagnosis in the public system, high costs with accessing assessment and diagnosis and high costs of early intervention supports, which has led to a large number of people with autism being undiagnosed in our community or not being eligible for the NDIS; and
(d) a nationally consistent autism strategy is key to achieving positive outcomes for all people with autism through a targeted response, as has been implemented in many countries across the world.
(3) That this House calls on the New South Wales Government to commit to better supporting people with autism in New South Wales by advocating for and listening to the voices of the autism community, and take further direct action to break down barriers and create opportunity.
(4) That this House calls on the New South Wales Government to support a nationally consistent autism strategy in line with sector recommendations.
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