South Australia's first Autism Strategy

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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 South Australian community.


What's being decided?

The State Government has listened to the calls of autistic people and families and has committed to working with the autistic and autism communities to co-design the state’s first Autism Strategy (the Strategy) and Charter (the Charter). 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 Strategy will support a dedicated whole of Government approach to create a fairer and more inclusive society. 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.


Consultation

Through public consultation, the State Government invites submissions from the autistic and autism communities that will shape the Strategy and Charter.

To start the consultation and co-design process, the State Government wants to hear your feedback on this Discussion Paper, in your words, with your stories and your experiences.

We hope to hear from a diverse range of members of the autistic and autism communities.

Topics

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

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.

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. Please note that is not required that you respond to every question.

You can have YourSAy until 20 February 2023 by:

  • Completing the YourSAy survey
  • Participating in public forums (details to be confirmed)
  • Posting or emailing a written, visual, video or audio submission:
    1. email a submission to: SAAutismStrategy@sa.gov.au, or
    2. post a submission to: Department of Human Services, GPO Box 292, Adelaide SA 5001.


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 in the development and 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 an expression of interest (EOI) 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:

Applications will be open from 25 November 2022 to 20 February 2023.

If you have any further questions, please email: SAAutismStrategy@sa.gov.au.


Consultation enquiries
If you have a consultation enquiry, or need support to make a submission, please email SAAutismStrategy@sa.gov.au.


What's next?

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.

*Design and imagery used for this consultation is temporary, and will be updated with the release of the Strategy in consultation with members of the autistic and autism communities.

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 South Australian community.


What's being decided?

The State Government has listened to the calls of autistic people and families and has committed to working with the autistic and autism communities to co-design the state’s first Autism Strategy (the Strategy) and Charter (the Charter). 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 Strategy will support a dedicated whole of Government approach to create a fairer and more inclusive society. 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.


Consultation

Through public consultation, the State Government invites submissions from the autistic and autism communities that will shape the Strategy and Charter.

To start the consultation and co-design process, the State Government wants to hear your feedback on this Discussion Paper, in your words, with your stories and your experiences.

We hope to hear from a diverse range of members of the autistic and autism communities.

Topics

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

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.

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. Please note that is not required that you respond to every question.

You can have YourSAy until 20 February 2023 by:

  • Completing the YourSAy survey
  • Participating in public forums (details to be confirmed)
  • Posting or emailing a written, visual, video or audio submission:
    1. email a submission to: SAAutismStrategy@sa.gov.au, or
    2. post a submission to: Department of Human Services, GPO Box 292, Adelaide SA 5001.


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 in the development and 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 an expression of interest (EOI) 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:

Applications will be open from 25 November 2022 to 20 February 2023.

If you have any further questions, please email: SAAutismStrategy@sa.gov.au.


Consultation enquiries
If you have a consultation enquiry, or need support to make a submission, please email SAAutismStrategy@sa.gov.au.


What's next?

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.

*Design and imagery used for this consultation is temporary, and will be updated with the release of the Strategy in consultation with members of the autistic and autism communities.

  • These questions relate to the development of South Australia’s first Autism Strategy (the Strategy). The State Government is committed to creating a more inclusive and fairer society for all, bringing meaningful change to the community and our workforce through the development of the Strategy in addition to the creation of an Autism Charter.

    Your feedback will provide meaningful insight into the key priority areas which autistic and autism communities consider to be most important.

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  • The committee will help guide the Government of South Australia about the first State Autism Strategy and the State Autism Charter.

    To apply to join this committee, please respond to the questions below.

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