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Anita Aherne

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Melbourne
Director of Kids on the Spectrum - Australian Autism directory
Marketing and sales for 30+ years
Business Award winner and writer.
Autism and neurodiversity advocate.
Parent of 3 neurodivergent children.
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After 30 years plus in sales and marketing both in Australia and the UK I saw a gap in autism supports. Having had children diagnosed as autistic my energy was being spent searching for supports. I decided to radically change this and I formed Australia's first free national autism directory.

I have become a fierce advocate for changing outcomes for autistic individuals and to help support parents and carers. Having formed the directory, not only am I making a significant difference in addressing social isolation related to autism, but the bonus is I am assisting small business reach a target audience. Previously these organisations who offer an inclusive service have not had a dedicated platform to market their products and services.
Autism diagnosis
Autistic meltdowns
Keeping and Autistic child safe
Special education programs
Autism and safety
Inclusive social activities
ADHD
Mental health.
Sales and marketing small Australian business
Carer support
Parenting an autistic child

Travel - Extensively travelled the world both solo and with the family.
Collector of animals. Dogs, cats and even rats (I blame the kids)
Water and swimming. I am not biased at all, I equally seek out lakes, beaches and swimming pools!
During Covid I turned 50 and I decided to revaluate my life, and my career path. I risked it all to start my own business. Having grown up with a parent with mental health issues, and now having my own autistic children with similar struggles, I decided to be the change maker and make a difference for carers and parents. I am a mother of 3, I am diagnosed ADHD and I run Australia's only National autism directory.

With the number of autistic people in the world being estimated at 1 in every 74, I felt like I had to act swiftly to change autistic outcomes, I had to improve life expectancy rates and suicide rates among Autistics as it directly affects my family. It surprised me when there was not one place where parents, carers and autistic people could go to locate resources, products or inclusive. events. This is why I started Kids on the Spectrum.

I did not want any other parents to go through the minefield of finding supports and keeping up to date with policy and NDIS changes that can affect their family, because this is what happened to us, we were totally lost. Teaching myself how to build a web site on a zero budget my aim was to make it easier for parents to find supports and information. My goal is to improve all autistic future outcomes. Social inclusion and community connections are proven to improve mortality rates among autistic people. Kids on the Spectrum helps support parents and carers locate resources and social activities easily and for free

Parents are now finding a huge amount of inclusive resources, from driving schools to indoor skydiving activities that they may not of found if it was not for our directory. A huge positive move forward for social connections. Having a strong marketing and sales background along with the fact that 4 out of the 5 members in my family are neurodivergent I understood what parents needed. I believe, and know I am making a huge impact as a parent by starting this free resource.




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