The Department of Education uses person first language that places a person before their disability (e.g. student with autism). However, students may prefer identity first language (e.g. autistic person). You can speak with your child’s school about how they would like to be identified.
Working with other service providers
Your child may be receiving supports and services outside of school. State schools can work with other services when making reasonable adjustments at school.
You may wish to share any reports or information you think are important. With your consent, the school can consult other service providers about your child’s needs.
Finding support and advice
The department’s Autism Hub can provide expertise and advice to school staff and parents about a range of supports for students with autism. You can find
contact details on the Autism Hub website.
Your child may be eligible for supports through the
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) including early intervention support for children aged 0 to 6 years.
A wide range of organisations can also provide other support services, assessments and advice if your child has autism. The following websites provide a good starting point to access supports and advice.