Fighting to have the effects of my disability believed and respected can sometimes be more painful than the symptoms themselves, writes Erin Stewart.
Playground designs are moving beyond the wheelchair swing as the push for inclusive play spaces drives new guidelines and community fundraising efforts across Australia.
With limited employment opportunities for adults who live with autism, Brodie Lunn and his mum decided they would set up a lawnmowing business. And it changed Brodie's life.
Advocates are concerned that with primary school enrolments of children with autism growing rapidly, high schools are not adequately prepared to accommodate children with specialist education needs.
Since my two sons were diagnosed with autism, the learning curve for our family has been steep. In a way, it reflects how much society has learned since the days of Rain Man and the 'refrigerator mother' theory.
In Australia only about 40 per cent of autistic adults have a job, yet for one Australian pig farm a new program helping them employ people with autism has been a major boon.
Cinemas are turning the volume down and leaving the lights up during special 'sensory-friendly' film screenings designed for children with autism.
Fletcher Cox, an eight-year-old on the autism spectrum, struggles to cope at school, but with a little help from his pop idols, his mum has been able to take over his education.
His parents had hoped "a nice little chess club" would be his hobby of choice, but despite having autism, Connor wants to play rugby and he has found a club that accepts him as "part of the family".
There's a large gap in the community's understanding in two of the behaviours that can form part of an autism diagnosis, writes Andrew Cashin.