Aspect has been a leader in researching the everyday life experiences of people on the autism spectrum, through the We Belong project, to raise awareness, promote discussion and pave the way for change regarding the services and supports that are essential for improved outcomes.
The first We Belong study was conducted in 2011 using a survey methodology to profile the experiences, needs and aspirations of a sample of adults with AD and HFA 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.
The study’s goal is to raise awareness, promote discussion and pave the way for change regarding the services and supports that are essential to improved outcomes.
Visit the We Belong microsite for more information.
The We Belong study was extended in 2016 with the publication of the book Shining a Light on the Autism Spectrum: Experiences and Aspirations of Adults. In a unique collaboration between Aspect researchers and adults on the autism spectrum, the book illustrates the original data with personal stories and case studies written by adults on the autism spectrum to present their experiences, aspirations and needs in their own words