30 March 2010

The Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George is urging groups and individuals across the Lismore electorate to take part in Autism Awareness month this April.

Mr George said the annual event calls for communities to become more aware of Autism Spectrum Disorders by hosting an activity on World Autism Day April 2.

“Many people do not realise what Autism Spectrum Disorders are, and generally don’t understand the varying level of affects on those diagnosed with the condition, and their families.

“There is little Government assistance for rural families with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders, despite the diagnosis rate being one in 160.

“There is no known cause for Autism, and while there is no cure, on-going therapy and assistance is so important to ensure each individual reaches their potential and their families have access to support and information.

“We are fortunate on the North Coast to have Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) Far North Coast Centre for Autism located at Alstonville, which provides families and the community with tremendous support and services,” Mr George said.

Groups across the electorate could assist in raising awareness in a number of ways.

“Schools, community groups and individuals can hold fundraising events or a lunch and donate funds to charities assisting those living with Autism while childcare groups can educate parents about the early warning signs and individuals,” Mr George concluded.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.