MEDIA RELEASE 17/2/2013

New Autism Collaborative Research Centre welcomed but not without concerns.

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia and New Zealand Inc (ASAN AUNZ) welcomes the Australian Federal Government’s announcement of funding for the Living With Autism Spectrum Disorders CRC. This is a project that will have a significant impact on the Autistic community.

However, ASAN AUNZ does have some concerns about the project.

“We welcome this Collaborative Research Centre but have concerns about the way in which the research will be carried out. We are very keen to see some participatory research in which Autistics can contribute to the research paradigm and not just play the role of the research subject.” says Katharine Annear Chair of ASAN AUNZ

ASAN AUNZ Secretary Geraldine Robertson says she hopes that the research “will consider other lifespan issues such as relationships, parenting and aging” as she holds a great deal of concern for what happens to Autistics when primary relationships end and aging increases dependency.

ASAN AUNZ looks forward to the outcomes of the proposed research activities and reminds the new CRC, “Nothing About Us, Without Us”

Media Contacts: Katharine Annear 0400 003 656 & Geraldine Robertson 0488 651 500