"We Belong Too" Report

In 2012-2013, Aspect researchers then conducted the We Belong Too study. This second study surveyed a sample of Australian adolescents on the autism spectrum (without intellectual disability) and their parents about their lived experiences, needs and service requirements. This was the first time that adolescents on the autism spectrum had been directly surveyed in a study of this scale, along with their parents, to create a statistically sound profile of the life experiences, aspirations and future support needs of this growing group of young Australians

We Belong Too confirmed that many adolescents on the autism spectrum struggle with bullying, mental health issues and the challenges of schooling. Less than half reported having good friends; and despite the young people themselves being optimistic about their future, their parents were not so confident, and most of their parents did not believe educators are well-informed about autism.