April 02, 2015

Federal Labor today joins people across Australia in celebrating World Autism Awareness Day.

Today is an opportunity for everyone to help raise awareness and show support for people with autism, their families and carers.

Right around Australia special events are taking place including Autism Spectrum Australia’s #coloursForAutism event today at Hyde Park in Sydney.

Labor understands that providing support for children with autism as early as possible can make a significant difference to their development and lifelong learning.

Early intervention and support leads to better preparation for school and everyday life, and helps people reach their full potential.

That is why the former Labor Government provided more than $350 million to help around 30,000 children with disability get early intervention support, such as speech pathology, physiotherapy and audiology, through the Helping Children with Autism and Better Start for Children with Disability programs.

Labor also created the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), so that people with disability, their families and carers can finally get the support they have waited so long for.

World Autism Awareness Day, held on 2 April every year, is a United Nations sanctioned day, and is a major part of Autism Awareness Month in April.

For more information visit: www.autismawareness.com.au



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