Information is power, but not everyone benefits equally from it. Access to curated and parent-tested information can do so much for families trying to navigate the adversarial world of government services, educational systems and disability supports.
ACN is active across 14 LGAs in and around Sydney, offering:
– Carers support groups and activities (face to face and online)
– Networking, information sharing and connection with other carers
– Youth clubs and activities
– Social groups for young autistic adults
– Supports for siblings
– Information forums
– Training and skill building
“Thank you so much for your time, company, support, openness, your goodwill and for making me feel welcome. I don’t think I have ever felt so relaxed in a long time.“
This is where ACN strives to make a difference: through its peer support groups for carers, activity groups for kids and social groups for autistic adults. These activities help families tackle the challenges posed by transitioning to complex social environments and break down the scourge of self-imposed isolation.
“I think that your website is wonderful. I have worked in the Autism field for the last 10 years and it is inspiring to have parents like yourself who set up these vital support networks for other families.”
A case in point: a 2022 study by Western Sydney University found that a neurotypical person spends over 18.3 hours per week interacting with individuals outside of their immediate circle of family and friends. For an autistic adult, that is a meagre 2.7 hours per week.
ACN aims to improve educational outcomes: Autistic people are less likely than others to complete an educational qualification beyond school. Among autistic individuals, 8.1% had a bachelor degree or higher, compared with 31.2% of the adult population. (ABS 2018)
ACN aims to improve employment outcomes: Autistic people are less likely than others to effectively join the labour force. Labour force participation rate was 38.0% among working age autistic adults, compared with 53.4% of all working age people with disability and 84.1% of people without disability. (ABS 2018)
That is why we aim to welcome all families to join us and be part of an inclusive and empowered community. For more on what we do, check out our Media Gallery.
“I am glad I came along to the support group yesterday. Thank you so much for your time, company, support, openness, your goodwill and for making me feel welcome. I don’t think I have ever felt so relaxed in a long time. I feel privileged to have met the group and look forward to seeing you all next month.”