Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is thought to be a neurological disorder but is diagnosed through behaviour. ASD can be diagnosed when a person has disordered social communication and interaction, and restricted and repetitive behaviours. ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, cognitive impairment, abnormal sensitivity, hyperactivity and anxiety. Symptoms of ASD appear in early childhood and vary across a wide spectrum. ASD is often severe and lifelong.
Organisations that can offer more information:
Aspergers Victoria Inc
Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4)
A4 is the national grassroots organisation delivering systemic advocacy for autistic people and their close associates who live in close proximity to ASD. A4 advocates for policy, programs and anything else that improves the lives of autistic people. A4’s management always includes strong autistic representatives.
Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia and New Zealand (ASAN AUNZ)
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia and New Zealand (ASAN AUNZ) is run by Australian and New Zealander Autistic people, for Autistic people. They are associated with the Australian Autism Alliance making them a part of an international Autism advocacy network.