In January 2022, the journal Autism published an editorial by AARC members about its work to date.
Poulsen, R., Brownlow, C., Lawson, W. & Pellicano, E. (2022). Meaningful research for autistic people? Ask autistics! Autism. 26(1):3-5. doi:10.1177/13623613211064421
2020-21 AARC Research Priority Update
The 2020-21 AARC Research Priority Update describes the 2020 ORIMA consultation process and summarises the findings. The reports were released alongside a webinar presented by AARC members Prof Liz Pellicano and Dr Wenn Lawson, and Autism CRC Project Coordinator Tori Haar.
In 2020 the AARC held a series of focus groups for 5 Research Priority Areas (Communication, Education, Employment, Health & Wellbeing and Justice).
The focus groups included autistic people, family members and relevant professionals and involved online discussion groups and short surveys.
The output of this process is ten research topics for each of the five priority areas.
We thank focus group members for their time and expertise during the community consultation.
The Research report on focus groups to identify research questions for community informed priority areas describes the 2020 ORIMA Research consultation process and discusses the fifty research topics. This report has been written by the team from ORIMA Research who were engaged to deliver this project on behalf of the AARC.
2019 Community Consultation
In 2018-19 the first iteration of the AARC looked at domestic and international research commitments, and existing global and Australian surveys on autism research priorities.
They identified seven broad research priority areas which were presented to the autistic and broader autism communities in a draft report.
The communities were asked what priority areas were important to them through an online survey and submission process. More than 1,000 responses were received.
The AARC considered the consultation outcomes, including the mix of stakeholder views and has formed a list of 10 priority areas which will guide autism research into the future. This culminated in the release of the 2019 Australian Autism Research Priorities.
We thank the community for your generous contribution to this process.
The Report of the Australian Autism Research Priorities 2019 describes the process and outcomes of the 2019 community consultation.
If you would like to view a copy of the original draft priorities which were the subject of the community consultation:
- Download the Australian Autism Research Council: Draft Research Priorities for Consultation 2019
- Download the Easy Read version – includes pictures and larger text
The Community summary of the AARC describes the AARC and the work that the AARC has done.
The Role of autistic people in the Australasian Autism Research Council (AARC) describes the important role that autistic people have in the AARC, including how they can be involved the work of the AARC.