Normally I like to go into a lot of detail with my blogs, but this week it’s nice, short, sharp, shiny (to coin a term from the host of EP Ag) and succinct (Not his word).

For a long time, Autism was an unknown in society and, even to this day, continues to be so for many people.

Too many are not aware of how to properly care for someone with Autism, or how to make the life of an Autistic individual easier and, in doing so, make their own life easier by having those skills handy.

Worse is the fact that Autistic people aren’t just left isolated so often in society, but that people deliberately mistreat them.

The fact that services and facilities for those who are dealing with the worst cases of Autism are often left well short of what is needed is also depressing.

While I am not Autistic myself, having been an epileptic means I can somewhat empathise with those who are left in the unknown when it comes to Autism as epilepsy was a bit of an unknown quantity too for a long time, and not even all that long ago.

Which is why I was so pleased to have Senator Hollie Hughes on GM EP to talk about the Senate Select Committee on Autism, of which she is the chair.

The committee has been established to inquire into and report on the services, support and life outcomes for autistic people.

The committee is to present its final report on or before the first sitting day of October 2021.

If you want to have your say on services and facilities catering for people with Autism, you can do so before 14 April.

You can email the committee and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call on 02 6277 3521 or send by mail to “Select Committee on Autism,  Department of the Senate, PO Box 6100, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600”.