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This World Autism Understanding Day – we want you to be more than just 'aware' of autism and Autistic people – we want you to UNDERSTAND what is it like to be Autistic, we want you to be more ACCEPTING of autism and Autistic people and we want you to CELEBRATE #LifeOnTheAutismSpectrum.

You might love Disney, hate loud noises, love dancing, hate people’s attitudes to autism, love neurodiversity, hate big crowds – whatever your experience – let us know by sharing your story on social media using the hashtag #LifeOnTheAutismSpectrum.

What is World Autism Understanding Day?

Every year, on the 2nd April, the world celebrates World Autism Awareness Day. But Autistic Advocacy groups have been calling for organisations and governments to shift away from the word ‘awareness’ to ‘understanding’ or ‘acceptance’ for over a decade. That’s because language – and specifically how we use language to talk about autism and Autistic people – is so important.

After listening to the experiences and thoughts of Autistic people, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) has decided to move away from ‘awareness’ of autism in 2022 – to a day where we work to foster a greater understanding and acceptance of autism and Autistic people. Working in conjunction with the Aspect Autistic Communications Working Group and other Autistic adults we have developed a number of resources to help support and celebrate Autistic people and understand why awareness is not enough.

How you can help to create more understanding?

  • Download, read and share the blogs and resources below
  • Download our Promotional Pack and display our #WorldAutismUnderstandingDay materials
  • Post your own story on social media, using the hashtag #LifeOnTheAutismSpectrum on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or TikTok (or view some of the content others are loading below)
  • Find out who is holding an autism friendly event
  • Donate to help create a world where no one on the autism spectrum is left behind
  • Watch the Aspect Recognition Awards live via Facebook and help us celebrate the achievements of the autism community – Thursday 7 April, 7pm AEST.
  • Listen to a podcast - Aspect's podcast series 'A different Brilliant®' is available across major podcast apps

#WorldAutismUnderstandingDay Resources

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Aspect's top 10 tips for Autism Friendly Environments

Aspect’s top ten tips on how your organisation can create autism friendly environments.

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Girls and women on the autism spectrum

Get an insight into life experiences of girls and women on the autism spectrum.

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Understanding Autism

Learn more about autism and how everyone we work with is a different brilliant®

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Tips for autism-friendly and inclusive interactions

Tips developed in conjunction with people on the autism spectrum, to facilitate interactions between non-Autistic and Autistic people.