Today we are pleased to announce a partnership agreement with the Australian Autism Cooperative Research Centre. This partnership means that we will work closely with the CRC and its partners to make sure that research is inclusive and that the research partners embed the Autistic perspective in all that they do.
ASAN-AUNZ Chair, Katharine Annear, is pleased that many years of working alongside CRC Chair, Judy Brewer, and her trusted colleagues has enabled a relationship to develop that has led to this important agreement being signed.
“The priorities and deeply felt needs of the Autistic community must be at the centre of the research agenda. Working together to make true inclusive practice a reality is what we look forward to.”
“We will always prioritise the lifespan needs expressed by Autistic people living today, so that we can experience better quality of life and pave the way for better futures,” says Katharine who still believes that work has only just begun when it comes to the true inclusion of Autistic people as valued members of our schools, workplaces, communities and importantly as co-producers of transformative research.
Autism CRC CEO, Andrew Davis, said the new partnership with ASAN-AUNZ will bring new perspectives and a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the CRC’s work in autism research and its translation to practice.
“Autism CRC aims to provide evidence-based, practical outcomes that make a real and enduring difference in the lives of people on the autism spectrum,” said Mr Davis.
“To achieve this, we require a focus and effort nationally and beyond, with the voices of the lived experience at the centre of all we do – informing research need, conduct, evaluation and translation. Through its role in advocacy within the region and its membership of adults on the spectrum, ASAN-AUNZ will play a very important role in ensuring that the lived experience informs our activities.”
“ASAN-AUNZ members have already contributed to our work in a number of ways, assisting in the development of the Inclusive Research Practices and Guidelines, and holding positions on Autism CRC committees, for example. The formal Participant relationship and involvement with our projects will only deepen an important relationship.”
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The Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia and New Zealand (ASAN-AUNZ) is run by Australian and New Zealander Autistic people, for Autistic people. It is part of an international autism self advocacy network. ASAN AUNZ understands that Autistic citizens are capable of contributing to society and enriching the lives of their families and communities. It is committed to enable Autistic citizens to achieve their full potential in society.
About Autism CRC Adult Research Program
The Autism CRC Adult Research Program aims to improve opportunities for people on the autism spectrum to successfully participate in higher education and employment, and identify best practice in physical and mental health management. Only 1% of all research into autism has been focused on post school outcomes, but with 2,500 to 3,000 school leavers in Australia with autism, it is an area where much can be done.