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Amaze – National Autism Helpline

Autism Connect
Call 1300 308 699
Free and independent autism information you can trust.

Free, expert autism information and advice

Autism Connect supports autistic people, their families and carers, health professionals, researchers, teachers, employers and the broader community.

Autism Connect advisors offer expert advice in:

  • exploring autism and Autistic identity
  • behaviour and communication strategies
  • assessment and diagnosis support
  • school and education
  • the National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • referrals to non-medical services
  • peer support connections
  • finding autism-inclusive events
  • making environments accessible

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Provides 24-hour access to autism information, resources and local services in Australia.

Get in touch

Autism Connect advisors are available from 8am to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

Common questions

Q: I’m not sure if I am – or my family
member is – Autistic. Can I still
contact you?

A: Yes, we will talk to you about your
experience and give general advice
on assessment, diagnosis and further
supports.

Q: I need help with multiple issues.
Is that okay?

A: People who contact Autism Connect
usually have 3–4 issues to discuss.
We provide information and advice
on a wide range of subjects, so don’t
hesitate to get in touch.

Q: I need a referral to a speech
pathologist. Can you give me one?

A: We can guide you to identify appropriate
health professionals. However, Autism
Connect advisors can’t provide medical
referrals, such as for speech pathologists
or occupational therapists.

Q: I need support figuring out the
National Disability Insurance Scheme
(NDIS). Can Amaze help me?

A: The NDIS can sometimes be complex and
challenging to understand. We provide
practical advice and information to help.

What is autism?

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disability that affects the way people communicate and interact with the world.

Autistic people can present with:

  • challenges with communication and
  • interacting with others
  • repetitive behaviours
  • a strong interest in one topic or subject
  • heightened sensory perceptions, including
  • being over or under-sensitive to sight, sound,
  • touch, smell and taste
  • a preference for routines and dislike of change

It’s estimated that 1 in every 100 Australians is autistic and that 85% of the community has a personal connection to an autistic person.

Who is Amaze?

Amaze is a leading autism organisation driving change so that Autistic people and their families can live their best lives.

Amaze builds autism understanding in the community, influences policy change, and provides information and resources to individuals, families, professionals, government and the wider community.

If you want to know more or need support:

Phone: call Amaze on 1300 308 699 (8am–7pm, Monday–Friday)

Website: visit amaze.org.au/autismconnect

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