The vision for the Victorian Autism Plan is:
An inclusive Victoria where autistic people enjoy lives with real opportunities for choice, participation and contribution within our community.
The plan was developed in response to the findings of the 2017 Parliamentary inquiry into services for people with autism spectrum disorder.
The Victorian Government consulted with a diverse range of autistic people, their families and supporters, and autism organisations to develop the plan. It has committed to annual public reporting to track the plan’s progress and will continue to work with the Autism Plan Advisory Group.
The government recognises the power of language in changing community attitudes and promoting inclusion of Victorians with disability.
We asked individuals and advocacy bodies about which term they thought we should use in this plan. We have chosen to use the term "autistic people" because most people told us they preferred this wording. The term "autism spectrum disorder" is used when referring to recommendations of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Services for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder, but is not preferred.
Throughout the plan we also use the term "autism community" to mean autistic people, their families, carers and supporters, and autism-related organisations.
In this plan, "Aboriginal" refers to both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We acknowledge the terms "Aboriginal", "Indigenous" and "Koori(e)" do not capture the entire diversity and complexity of Victoria's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures. Our intent is always to use terms that are respectful, inclusive and accurate.