For adults

A collection of resources for autistic adults, families and caregivers of autistic adults, and professionals working with autistic adults.

Resources produced by OTARC researchers

Depression, anxiety and autistic adults

Depression, anxiety and autistic adults

For autistic adults, family and friends regarding depression and anxiety prevalence, risk factors and practical strategies for managing these.

Download pamphlet [344.32KB]

New skills will save lives, say autistic people

New skills will save lives, say autistic people

An international panel, which included 50 per cent autistic representation, convened by ASfAR, has released its findings from the “Health, Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention in Autism” Conference and Roundtable.

Final Report [PDF 3.4MB]

Rise@DHHS Report

Rise@DHHS Report

The research report contains findings on the seven autistic employees who were recruited into the Records Management Unit of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and completed a two-year contract.

Rise@DHHS Report [752KB]

Workplace Social Challenges Experienced by Employees on the Autism Spectrum

Workplace Social Challenges Experienced by Employees on the Autism Spectrum

A plain language online peer-reviewed paper summary.

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Snapshot profiles from the Study of Australian School Leavers with Autism (SASLA)

Snapshot profiles from the Study of Australian School Leavers with Autism (SASLA)

Three snapshots of SASLA participants containing baseline characteristics and longitudinal trends.

Autism CRC website

How do resilience and coping strategies influence the mental health and well-being of autistic adults?

How do resilience and coping strategies influence the mental health and well-being of autistic adults?

A plain language online peer-reviewed paper summary.

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Supporting mental health: What young Australian autistic adults tell us

Supporting mental health: What young Australian autistic adults tell us

Are you a clinician working with autistic adolescents and adults? This online presentation is for health professionals who work with autistic adolescents and adults.

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What are the links between COVID-19, wellbeing, depression, and suicide risk factors in Australian autistic adults?

What are the links between COVID-19, wellbeing, depression, and suicide risk factors in Australian autistic adults?

A plain language online peer-reviewed paper summary.

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The Suicide Response Project (SRP)

The Suicide Response Project (SRP)

The SRP provides tips for the general public on how to detect and respond to suicide risk in others.

SRP website

Autism in the workplace tip sheets

Autism in the workplace tip sheets

Co-created by the PEAS team (Partnership for employment outcomes for autistic people in society) with input from autistic people, family members of autistic people, and DES employees.

PEAS website

Mental health toolkit: Supporting a neurodiverse workforce

Mental health toolkit: Supporting a neurodiverse workforce

Presenting current, evidence-based information, and strategies for supporting the mental health and wellbeing of autistic employees (funded by DXC Technology and ANZ Bank).

Mental health toolkit [PDF 1.1MB]

Health, wellbeing and suicide prevention in autism conference 2021

Health, wellbeing and suicide prevention in autism conference 2021

2021 Conference booklet containing abstracts, keynote speaker transcripts and interview transcripts.

Conference materials [PDF 1.41MB]

A mental health and wellbeing online training course: Supporting a neurodiverse workforce

A mental health and wellbeing online training course: Supporting a neurodiverse workforce

Aimed at colleagues and managers and designed to support the mental health and wellbeing of all employees, including those on the autism spectrum. Supported by DXC Technology and ANZ Bank, and Untapped Holdings.

Available courses

Resources for staff supporting autistic tertiary students

Resources for staff supporting autistic tertiary students

This site presents information from the Supporting transition to and participation in tertiary education for students with an ASD study undertaken by OTARC and funded by the Department of Human Services, Victoria.

Neurodiversity Hub

What is Autistic Burnout?

What is Autistic Burnout?

A plain language online peer-reviewed paper summary.

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“It Defines Who I Am” or “It’s Something I Have”: What Language Do [Autistic] Australian Adults [on the Autism Spectrum] Prefer?

“It Defines Who I Am” or “It’s Something I Have”: What Language Do [Autistic] Australian Adults [on the Autism Spectrum] Prefer?

A plain language online peer-reviewed paper summary.

View online presentation

Neurodiversity Toolkit

Seven fact sheets suitable for university and other higher education staff planning events with an inclusive focus.

Toolkit


Aspect Adult Community Services (NSW)

Aspects tailored programs assist with the development of skills in the following areas:

  • Communication & social skills
  • Independent living skills
  • Health & wellbeing; and
  • Social & recreational

Adult community services


Marymead Autism Centre Support Groups (ACT)

Marymead Autism Centre offers a variety of social and support groups for people on the autism spectrum and their families.

Marymead website


MyWay Employability

myWAY Employability can help autistic young people to take control of their future and prepare for working life.

MyWay Employability website


Aspergers Victoria

Volunteer-run, offering peer support groups, employment coaching and training

Aspergers Victoria website

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