About the Project

This pilot project included a literature review, the advice and insights of a steering committee consisting of individuals on the autism spectrum, families of people on the spectrum and members of the professional and business communities in Corrimal, NSW, Australia.

Two young people on the autism spectrum were employed as research assistants and they shared their lived experiences as they visited businesses in the Corrimal community.

Young people on the autism spectrum were consulted about the principles and the website and their feedback has been incorporated wherever possible. Other changes suggested may be made in the future should additional funding by secured.

We are appreciative of all of the participants that shared their personal experiences, those that shared their expertise and those that opened their businesses to support the initiatives.


This pilot project was funded by University of Wollongong Community Engagement Grants Scheme 2018: “Autism Friendly Communities- Investigating the Ingredients”.

Project Partner: South Coast School and the Corrimal Chamber of Commerce

This website has been developed as part of a project titled, ‘Autism Friendly Communities- Investigating the Ingredients”. The team is multidisciplinary and involves researchers and community partners.

  • Project lead - Dr Sim Lau, School of Computing and Information Technology
  • UOW partner - Dr Pippa Burns Lecturer, Research and Critical Analysis, School of Medicine, University of Wollongong
  • Community Partner - Dr. Andrea Garner School of Education, University of Wollongong, South Coast School and Paul Boultwood, Corrimal Chamber of Commerce

We would like to thank the following organisations for their support:
Commonwealth Bank- $500 donation
Corrimal RSL- in kind donation
Luna Café and Corrimal Court Mall- hosting a fundraiser

The art work on this website is created by Lisa Fahey: www.lisafaheyartist.com.au

The art work on the Autism Friendly badge is created by the students of the Aspect South Coast School with the support of Gail Wistow, Aspect Art for Wellness Facilitator.

Thank you to Fred from Wollongong Printing

Thank you to all of the local businesses that have participated in the pilot project. Without your interest and openness we would not have been able to develop the principles.

On the lands that we work, we walk and we live, we acknowledge and respect the traditional custodians and cultural knowledge holders of these lands.