Aspect provides Autism Alert Cards for free as an Autistic-led initiative to support other Autistic people. Thousands of cards have been issued since its introduction in 2020. Despite their widespread availability, the real-world application and impact of these cards remains largely unknown.
This research project will explore how the Autism Alert Cards are used, whether they genuinely benefit Autistic people in their daily lives, and if the impact varies among users and situations.
How is the Aspect Autism Alert Card used in everyday life? What are the impacts of using the card?
People who have requested Autism Alert Cards from Aspect will be invited to provide feedback about their experiences. This includes users and people who support users of the Alert Cards:
- Autistic children and adults
- Parents/caregivers of an Autistic person
- People who support an Autistic person
Making a difference
This research will provide crucial insights into the real-world use and impact of Autism Alert Cards, guiding enhancements to better support the Autistic community. It will also inform policymakers and the public, fostering greater understanding and inclusion for Autistic individuals in society.
Dr Chris Edwards, Aspect Research Centre for Autism Practice (ARCAP)
Dr Abbey Love, ARCAP
Dr Ru Ying Cai, ARCAP
Dr Rebecca Flower, La Trobe University
Dr Vicki Gibbs, ARCAP
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)