Amaze 2017 - Community Attitudes & Behaviours towards Autism; and Experiences of Autistic People and their Families
The Attitudes survey sought to explore community attitudes to autism in Australia. The survey was conducted with 2,424 (primarily non-autistic) people who completed a survey on autism-related knowledge and attitudes. A primary aim of the survey was to measure understanding of autism and levels of belief in facts and myths. A number of misperceptions and knowledge gaps were identified in the general community.
The Experiences survey sought to better understand the experiences and challenges faced by autistic people, their family members and carers in Australian society. The survey was conducted with 1,353 people who were primarily parents and carers of autistic people. A primary aim of the survey was to promote voices and views of autistic people, as well as what they would most want the public to know about how autism affects them.
The reports below outline the research findings from both the Attitudes and Experiences surveys:
- General awareness, knowledge and understanding of autism and social isolation (released May 2018)
- Autism and Education (released September 2018)
- Autism and Employment (released April 2019)
Autism Alliance 2020 - Survey to inform submission to the Senate Select Committee on Autism
A total of 3,884 people completed the survey, making it the largest known survey on the experiences of autistic people in Australia. Of these participants, 769 were autistic adults responding on behalf of themselves; and 3115 were parents/carers responding on behalf of an autistic person they care for. The survey included a mix of multiple choice and open-ended questions, and covered a broad range of topics including the diagnostic process, accessing the NDIS, experiences participating in education, employment, wellbeing and housing.