CRC for Living with Autism

The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre is an Essential Participant in the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC) which is the world's first national, cooperative research effort focused on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Other participants include government, researchers from other universities and research centres, and not-for-profit organizations. The Federal Government and 56 participants have committed $104.6 million over 8 years to provide lifetime solutions for individuals living with this complex and challenging condition.

The CRC and the outcomes from its three core research programs will ensure individuals with an ASD:

  1. have a definitive diagnosis at an early age that can be coupled with a targeted early intervention strategy,
  2. will be educated in an appropriate environment by skilled professionals,
  3. will be given the best chance to find a meaningful and fulfilling place in society through higher education, employment and better opportunities for long term social relationships.

The CRC is based at Long Pocket in Brisbane in association with the University of Queensland. While research occurs at various centres across Australia, OTARC is coordinating two of the programs:

  • Professor Cheryl Dissanayake leads work on diagnosis and identification of pathways to ASD, and
  • Professor Amanda Richdale is responsible for studies on ways to assist post-school students with an ASD to find a place and succeed in tertiary education.