Have your say on the state’s first Autism Strategy
What is happening?
The autistic and autism communities have long advocated for greater community knowledge, understanding and support for autistic people.
A recent member survey undertaken by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia and New Zealand found 92% of autistic people would find communicating about autism easier if there were broader community understanding and acceptance and increased community education.
This shows it is time to move beyond talking about creating autism awareness. It is time to build knowledge, understanding and acceptance to create lasting, and long overdue, cultural change across the community.
The State Government has listened to the calls of autistic people and families. In a nation first, the Premier appointed an Assistant Minister for Autism to solely focus on representing the autistic and autism communities.
The State Government will work with the autistic and autism communities to co-design the state’s first Autism Strategy (the Strategy) and Charter (the Charter).
The Strategy will support a dedicated whole of Government approach to create a fairer and more inclusive society. The Strategy will focus on key priority areas which autistic individuals have repeatedly raised as involving particular challenges and barriers, including:
- respect for rights, autonomy and diversity
- safety, justice and equity
- community understanding, knowledge and acceptance
- government services
- health, mental health and wellbeing
- education, employment and the workforce.
The Strategy will also align to the State Disability Inclusion Plan (Inclusive SA) and play an important role in shaping future State Government policies. The Strategy will be developed to complement the work undertaken in relation to the Federal Government’s National Autism Strategy.
Importantly, the Strategy will be co-designed with and for the autistic and autism communities. Meaningful cultural change and greater inclusion in our community can only come about by consulting, listening, and creating open dialogue with the autistic and autism communities.
The State Government is committed to creating a more inclusive and fairer society for all. As the state’s largest employer, the State Government will lead the way in bringing change to our workplaces through the creation of a Charter to be rolled out to all Government agencies.
The development and creation of the Strategy is an important step towards creating a more inclusive and knowledgeable society where autistic people can meaningfully participate in the community.
Your feedback will provide meaningful insight into the priority areas which autistic and autism communities consider to be most important. We have included 8 topics to start the discussion.
- Topic 1: State Autism Strategy
- Topic 2: Defining autism
- Topic 3: Rights, autonomy and diversity
- Topic 4: Community attitudes
- Topic 5: Access to Government Services
- Topic 6: Health, mental health and wellbeing
- Topic 7: Education, employment and the workforce
- Topic 8: Spaces and the built environment.
Be part of shaping the state's first Autism Strategy
Discussion Paper and YourSAy Survey
This Discussion Paper and YourSAy survey is the start of public consultation and co-design for the Strategy and Charter with ideas and questions that will help shape them.
On 30 September 2022, a workshop was held with 19 autistic people to co-design the Discussion Paper and questions.
We are now seeking feedback and guidance from the autistic and autism communities through a public consultation process. This process gives anyone in the autistic and autism communities the opportunity to participate in the development of the Strategy and Charter through submission of responses to the Discussion Paper (noting not every question needs to be responded to) or the YourSAy survey which has been developed based on the questions posed in this Discussion Paper.
The autistic and autism communities are invited to respond to South Australia’s First Autism Strategy – Discussion Paper by sharing their words, stories and experiences to help shape the Autism Strategy and Autism Charter.
Visit the YourSAy consultation platform to view theSouth Australia’s First Autism Strategy – Discussion Paper in printable PDF and Easy English formats.You can have YourSAy from 25 November 2022 – 20 February 2023 by:
- Completing the YourSAy survey
- Participating in public forums
- Posting or emailing a written, visual, video or audio submissions:
- email a submission to: SAAutismStrategy@sa.gov.au or
- post a submission to: Department of Human Services, GPO Box 292, Adelaide SA 5001. Att: Social Inclusion – Autism Strategy.
Let’s work together to make SA autism inclusive, visit YourSAy.
Be part of change: The state’s first Autism Strategy Advisory Committee
For the first time in our state’s history, an Autism Strategy Advisory Committee is being established to provide strategic advice, and a strong voice for the autistic and autism communities to help shape the development and guide the implementation of the state’s first Autism Strategy and Charter.
The Committee will consist of 10-12 members (autistic people and parents/carers of an autistic person) and will be chaired by the Assistant Minister for Autism.
Committee members will be recruited via this expression of interest process. We hope to receive submissions from a diverse range of members of the autistic and autism communities.
To apply to be a member of this committee:
- Please respond to the following questions; and,
- Submit your application via:
Applications will be open from 25 November 2022 to 20 February 2023.
If you have any further questions, please email: SAAutismStrategy@sa.gov.au
Once the first consultation period finishes in February 2023, the Department of Human Services will draft the Strategy and Charter. We will share these documents with the Autism Strategy Advisory Committee and the autistic and autism communities and ask for feedback.
For enquiries, contact: SAAutismStrategy@sa.gov.au.