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Raising Children Network will help parents raising children with autism spectrum disorder to understand and find new services funded by the Government.

The Federal Government and Raising Children Network today launch the national website for parents of young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) –

The Honorable Bill Shorten MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, will launch the website, part of the Federal Government’s Helping Children with Autism package, at an event at Parliament House Canberra today.

Intended to assist and support Australian families and professionals by providing quality assured parenting information and resources, and improving connections between families, professionals, and services, the site will deliver a raft of Australian specific information that parents can access, as their information needs require.

1 in 160 Australian children have an autism spectrum disorder.  The parents raising those children often report a lack of online information specific to the Australian local experience.

“We know from research that parents of a child with a disability actively use the internet to search for more information on their child’s condition but that until now there was a dearth of evidence-based information and very limited details of the resources and support available within Australia,” explains Raising Children Network’s spokesperson, Warren Cann of the Parenting Research Centre.

The website at launches three main features as part of this first phase:

  1. Learning about autism spectrum disorder – information to better understand the condition
  2. Parent guide to therapies – detailed descriptions of common therapies and interventions including reference to the evidence, safety and financial considerations
  3. Interactive ASD Service Pathfinder to help parents navigate the relevant service and support systems in each state and territory.

Online discussion forums enable parents and professionals to share experiences and tips about raising children with ASD.

The ASD web content launched on the Raising Children Network website today is the first wave of more ASD information and resources that will be added to the website over the coming months.

To further support parents and carers in finding and using local services and resources, today marks the launch of My Neighbourhood. My Neighbourhood has been three years in development and features detailed aerial maps and up-to-date local service information for the whole country. Now parents all over Australia can get a bird's-eye view of their family-friendly neighbourhood and participate by sharing information with fellow parents about playgrounds and other helpful destinations, including a dedicated autism set under Specialty Health.

With over 11 million visitors since its launch in May 2006, the Raising Children website has established itself as the most reliable and helpful Australian online resource supporting parents of young children. It is freely accessible with quality assured information based on the best available research and delivered in a range of user-friendly formats, using state of the art communication and web technologies.

“The Raising Children website’s aim is to resource and support parents and to celebrate the diversity and abilities of all children. Most of the information on the website is relevant to all parents but the purpose of the section dealing with children with autism spectrum disorder is to provide their parents with relevant information on issues specific to their situation” added Mr Cann.

Now, with the support of the Australian Government, the Raising Children Network is delighted to start the job of meeting the specific need, with the launch of its web platform designed for parents raising young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD):

Media contact:

Fiona Wicks, Raising Children Network
Phone: 0408 868 688

  • Last updated or reviewed 24-02-2009