The ACN Story

WHO ARE WE

The ACN was setup in Sydney in 2011 as a non-profit grassroots organisation committed to supporting people impacted by autism.  Our mission is to help people on the spectrum and their families lead full, rich and rewarding lives.

WHAT WE DO

We connect: Through a solid network of dedicated volunteers we help connect members to each other and the wider community.  From walking groups for carers to family days and social clubs for autistic adults, our programmes aim to end the self-imposed isolation that so many families experience.  Our focus is on face-to-face support, allowing ACN members find others on the same journey.

We inform: We share knowledge and awareness of autism through our network.  We exchange resources and promote activities that help our community lead their best possible lives.  We encourage members to share their stories, both of challenge and triumph, and seek feedback from their peers. This collective wisdom is invaluable to help make the wider world more inclusive of autistic individuals. 

We advocate: ACN aims to provide a voice to autistic individuals who typically have greater difficulty accessing basic systems and services.  ACN members often report difficulties navigating the educational system, NDIS funding, healthcare supports, employment and community events.  Our goal is to make it easier to understand and include the autism community.

WHO WE SUPPORT

All of our programmes – from connecting people to informing and advocating for our community – are designed with one central goal: to support autistic people and their families. Whether directly, through social clubs or information sessions, or indirectly, through our work with education, community and business partners, our goal is to help our members lead their best possible lives. 

WHY ARE WE UNIQUE

ACN differs from other organisations because it is volunteer-based, it focuses on direct support to individuals, and aims to extend that support to the whole family.