4428.0 - Autism in Australia, 2009  
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Looking ahead LOOKING AHEAD

One of the key goals of both the National Disability Strategy and National Disability Agreement is to increase the economic and social participation of people living with disabilities. People with autism struggle with social engagement – it is the nature of their disorder. In 2009, the data indicates they were also struggling with economic participation, with lower levels of post-school qualifications and labour force participation compared to other people with disabilities.

Autism is a very restrictive condition requiring a high level of support on a daily basis. While schools in Australia are providing some support to help children with the condition, 2009 data indicates more needs to be done to help them into further education and to the labour force.