Autism Resources

The following online resources provide in-depth information about Autism, services, government funding support, ABA therapy and more.

Autism Behavioural Intervention Association (ABIA)

ABIA provides training, education and support to parents, carers, and professionals working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

ABIA is committed to raising awareness of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) as a comprehensive and effective method of care and treatment for children with Autism. It is dedicated to broadening public perception and understanding of ABA as a scientific, evidence-based, early intervention.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will support a better life for hundreds of thousands of Australians with a significant and permanent disability and their families and carers. It is being introduced gradually throughout Victoria and is scheduled to be available statewide in 2019. To learn more about the NDIS and how you might benefit from it, visit our page What You Need to Know About the NDIS.

The Department of Social Services’ ‘Helping Children with Autism’ package

Until the NDIS is available throughout Victoria, families with young children on the spectrum can access limited funding through the government’s ‘Helping Children with Autism’ package.

The Lovaas Institute 

The Lovaas Institute provides behavioural treatment utilising the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).

The Lovaas Model of Applied Behavior Analysis underwent rigorous research at UCLA under the direction of Dr. Lovaas—and been subject to intensive clinical analysis in the 30 years since—proving its effectiveness in treating children with Autism. Treatment follows the procedures described by Dr. Ivar Lovaas, which has been published along with long-term outcome data in peer-reviewed journals and supported by additional long-term outcome research.

AMAZE (Autism Victoria)

AMAZE’s aim is to improve the quality of life for people affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, their family and carers, and to provide a range of services to individuals with ASD and the agencies that work with them.

AMAZE is a member-based, not-for-profit organisation and is the peak organisation for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the state of Victoria. AMAZE represents around 55,000 Victorians who have ASD and works for the benefit of all individuals and their families and to promote better understanding of ASD in the general community.

Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness Australia is the nation’s leading not-for-profit Autism education and advocacy organisation, founded in 2007. It is dedicated to increasing awareness of Autism in the community by providing targeted educational programs for parents and professionals, and advocating for the needs of individuals on the spectrum and their families.

Raising Children Network Autism Section

On the Raising Children website, parents will find reliable and scientifically validated information and resources to support them in the day-to-day work of raising children and looking after their own needs. The website is growing all the time and covers a broad range of up-to-date parenting topics.

Association for Science in Autism Treatment

ASAT provides a well-respected, comprehensive website that tackles the array of considerations surrounding autism treatment. Its website is the go-to source for research summaries on the full array of Autism treatments to help families and professionals make informed treatment choices.

The Australian Government’s 2012 ‘Guidelines for Good Practice’ for children with ASD

‘To help children with autism it is essential to focus on the earliest years of development, since this is a critically important time for early learning which powerfully affects the child’s future life course.’

This document reviews the current evidence of outcomes of early intervention (EI) for children with Autism and was undertaken for the Australian Government’s Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA). It is an update of the previous review done by Roberts and Prior for the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, (DoHA) in 2006, and covers new research from 2006 to 2011.

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