A few ideas for raising awareness;
1) National ASD Awareness Day: See through the eyes of another - selling rainbow glassess (or glasses with coloured lenses), lapel ribbons etc. to raise funds as well as awareness. Or, it was suggested on the Adelaide_Autism yahoo forum that we have a 'Funny Hat Day.'
2) Establishment of a National ASD Magazine like the "Autism File" from the UK; this would help raise awareness in the general community as well as within the national ASD community.
3) Regular columns in local newspapers - I was going to appraoch my local paper about the possibility of starting a regular column by local parents of ASD children or local people with ASDs. This would be not be paid writing.
4) Adelaides Child Magazine: I dont know about other states but in SA this magazine seems to have one article per month in relation to ASD as of late, I am going to suggest to them that this become a regular feature of their publication as they are having no difficulting in article submissions.
Thats all I have at the moment, any suggestions/comments?
Tara Brown (SA)
Mother of son with ASD