Autism Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation with a vision for a life of participation, opportunity and choice for people on the autism spectrum.
We provide specialised education, therapy and support services for people of all ages on the spectrum and their families, and are Queensland's longest-serving and most experienced agency in the delivery of early childhood intervention, education and training, therapy and accommodation services.
The Autistic Children's Association of Queensland (Inc), as the organisation was first known, was registered as a charity with the Queensland Government on 1 October 1967. Its first funded program was the employment of a part-time occupational therapist who worked with two children. After several slight name changes, Autism Association Queensland Inc (1999), Autism Queensland Inc (2002), the organisation became a company limited by guarantee, Autism Queensland Limited, in 2013.
The modern-day Autism Queensland is the state's lead agency for the provision of targeted services to people with autism and is registered to provide supports to NDIS participants. We deliver services statewide from centres in Brisbane, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay and Cairns and operate an accredited, independent school with three campuses, two in Brisbane and one in Cairns.
Autism Queensland is also involved in a variety of research programs in collaboration with universities and the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC) to better understand ASD and develop improved interventions for people on the spectrum in the future.
We employ over 300 staff and our policies and services are overseen by a Board of Directors.
Demand for Autism Queensland's services continue to grow every year and we rely on community, government and businesses to support our valuable programs.
Autism Queensland acknowledges that when referring to individuals who identify as on the autism spectrum, there is no one term that suits all people.
For the purpose of consistency, the term ‘people/adults/children/individuals on the autism spectrum’ will be used in the first instance. In the second, and subsequent instances, ‘people/adults/children/individuals on the spectrum’ will be used.
Within our diagnostic service, we use the terminology ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)’, as this is terminology used within the Diagnostic Statistician’s Manual (Fifth Edition) and within the National Guideline for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Australia. Within school-based services, if referring to a verification, Autism Queensland will discuss ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder’ in keeping in line with the education sector.
While it is acknowledged that some members of the autism community prefer identity-first language (e.g. autistic person), and some prefer person-first language (e.g. person with autism), Autism Queensland promotes a preference-first approach. We acknowledge the preference of individuals and their families to determine the language used.
Autism Queensland upholds a strengths-based approach in language used in organisational materials and promotes understanding and acceptance of autism.
Autism Queensland aims to celebrate diversity and contribute to inclusive communities.
Our Vision A life of participation, opportunity and choice for people on the autism spectrum.
Our Mission To support people living with autism through responsive, evidence-informed practice and advocacy.
Our Values Excellence I Innovation I Equity I Person-centred I Consumer-driven
Autism Queensland is proud to acknowledge His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, as patron of Autism Queensland for the duration of his term as Governor of Queensland.
Autism Queensland is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. Learn more about the Register here.