In May 2023, the Department of Social Services invited Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) to prepare a report on the issues impacting individuals who experience barriers to assessment, diagnosis, supports and services for Autism Spectrum Disorder (Report). This Report will inform the Australian Federal Government’s National Autism Strategy. In particular, the Department of Social Services requested that WWDA consider the unique experiences of Autistic women and girls.
WWDA welcomes the opportunity to provide this Report. In developing this Report, WWDA consulted with Autistic women, girls, and non-binary people whose voices inform our Report (Participants).