Community insights and unheard perspectives

This project aimed to develop a series of recommendations for inclusive community engagement in the development of the National Autism Strategy (NAS or the Strategy).  

Through a co-design process, several population groups that may require a tailored or adapted approach to actively participate in the development of the Strategy were identified. 

To support clear recommendations for inclusive community engagement, the project included:

  • a literature and environmental scan on best practice community engagement and key considerations for the target population groups  
  • analyses of the Community views national survey (n=645) and co-delivered workshops and interviews with autistic individuals and representatives from peak bodies, and autism and/or disability organisations (n=42). 

The community insights and recommendations established through this body of work have potential to foster inclusive community engagement with all autistic people, including those who have not previously been involved.  

The findings highlight that there is no ‘one-size fits all’ approach to the promotion of, and engagement in, co-design and consultation. Further, they emphasise the importance of an inclusive approach, enabling people to engage in ways that suit their individual needs and preferences – to ensure all voices and perspectives have an equitable opportunity to be heard. 

These reports were delivered to the Department of Social Services in early July 2023.  

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  • Cheryl Mangan, Autism CRC
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