Autism Spectrum Australia


Sharing evidence informed Aspect practice and applied research nationwide

All of our services and education programs are based on some 50 years of research and evidence. We undertake research projects on our own and in partnership with others, and are constantly evaluating our services and programs for best practice. We continually  work to improve our services, programs and approaches to intervention, by applying the knowledge and evidence available.

Our research focus is not on finding a cure for autism, or on finding the causes of autism, although we are very supportive of organisations working in these areas. Our focus is on providing the best possible treatment, services and programs for people with autism here and now; the best practice, based on evidence from around the world, to provide the best possible opportunities for the people we support.

We also partner with universities, government bodies and other external organisations on research projects.

We share the findings of our research via our project reports, peer reviewed journal articles, Research Insights, and Fact sheets, which you can find in our Research publications.

We offer support and advice for other researchers seeking to promote and recruit participants for their own studies.  Find out more.

If you are interested in taking part in an autism spectrum research study, find out more.

We Belong

The goal of the We Belong research project is to raise awareness, promote discussion and pave the way for change regarding the services and supports that are essential to improved outcomes.

The first We Belong study was conducted by Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) in 2011 to profile the experiences, needs and aspirations of a sample of adults with higher-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome across a broad range of life domains.  Aspect has developed a microsite and video series with funding assistance from the NSW Government through Ageing, Disability & Home Care (ADHC), Department of Family & Community Services to give a voice to people with AD and HFA - a group who have been ignored and isolated for far too long. Visit the We Belong microsite for more information.

We Belong Too was conducted by Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) in 2013 to build on the previous We Belong study. In a first for Australian research, adolescents with autism, along with parents, were directly surveyed in a study of this scale to create a statistically sound profile of the life experiences, aspirations and future support needs of this growing group of young Australians with autism. Find out more here.

Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC)

Aspect is an essential participant in the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC), the world’s first national, cooperative research effort focused on autism. Taking a whole of life approach to autism focusing on diagnosis, education and adult life, Autism CRC researchers are working with end-users to provide practical solutions for governments, service providers, education and health professionals, families and people with autism.

Visit the Autism CRC website.

Find out about Aspect’s CRC research projects

If you are interested in taking part in a CRC research project, find out more here.