4428.0 - Autism in Australia, 2012  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/06/2014   
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The question arises whether people with autism were receiving as much assistance as they needed. In 2012, many people with autism reported they did not. The need for more assistance in the core activities of mobility, communication, cognitive and emotional tasks and self-care are particularly noteworthy (see Graph 8).

This means there were 27,100 people with autism who reported needing more help with communication (understanding or being understood by others) and 48,100 needing more help with cognitive or emotional tasks (managing their emotions and/or behaviour).

The bulk of care was provided by informal carers (relatives or friends), particularly in the core activity areas of self-care, mobility and communication. Graph 9 shows the proportion of people with autism who received assistance with at least one of the core activities at least once a day by the source of that assistance.