Time to bring Autism Spectrum Disorder out of the Shadows

Time to bring Autism Spectrum Disorder out of the Shadows

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anne dignam started this petition to Daniel Tehan (Minister for Education) and

My aim is to increase awareness especially Autism Spectrum Disorder in schools and the workplace. I would like to see disability education and more acceptance, within employers and schools Nationwide across Australia.

1 in 70 Australians are on the Autism Spectrum, 40% on the Autism Spectrum are unemployed as of 2018. These figures are alarming yet little is being done to change this. With this knowledge more education within schools and the workplace and society as a whole is required.

We acknowledge many disabilities such as blindness, we assist with guide dogs, canes, braille, signalised pedestrian crossings, numerous avenues. Those with hearing impairments, we have hearing aids, bionic ear, sign language, we talk directly to them enabling them to lip read. Those wheelchair bound, we have ramps, lifts, disable toliets to assist them. We have advanced with our knowledge about diabetes, epilepsy, PTSD, Mental Health issues especially suicide and depression, annorexia/bulimia we have successful programs also advanced in many other areas of disabilities or impairments, however autism is still in the shadows, unspoken about.

With numbers as high as 1 in 70 Australians, 40% unemployed, these figures show it's time to bring autism out of the shadows and educate about autism spectrum and how it affects those having to live every day in society, what can we as individuals do, in terms of assistance, acceptance, understanding and without judgement.

We talk about equal rights, where is the equality for autism and other disorders similar. Many with disabilities are able to function within society with different levels of assistance, but many battle internally, from everyday judgement, having to conform with a normal society, thats not really accepting of everyone. Maybe its time society fits in with the autism spectrum and other disabilities, with acceptance and more knowledge of what we can do assist those not just through funding but by understanding through education through schools, through the workforce and throughout society in general.

Lets bring Autism Spectrum Disorder out of the shadows and have some education on all disabilities within society so the judgement stops. Thank you for your support

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