At Autism MATES, Inclusion is our mantra.

We want to engage, collaborate and make our world a more inclusive place for all.

We acknowledge the challenges but focus on the positives and we believe that a different world is not the end of the world.

We exist because we want to make a positive difference to the lives of those living with autism. If you want to be a part of a movement that will change attitudes and raise the standards of inclusion, then join us. We are inspired by you.

You are a part of the solution and together we will create ripples of change.

What is MATES?
  • MATES is an acronym for Mates Assisting TEngage Socially  
  • MATES is about fostering friendship and inclusion in education, the workforce and society 
  • MATES is about empowerment, we approach our goals with a view of focusing on developing strengths, not on deficits or feelings of victimhood. 

Our Vision:  
To create a more inclusive and accepting society for those living on the autism spectrum 

 The MATES goals and values are in line with honouring Australia’s commitment as a signatory to the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPWD).  

Focusing on the following articles in the CRPWD:  

Autism MATES also works towards helping to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which are the blueprint for achieving a a better future for us all. Our particular focus is on the following goals: 

Our manifesto details our values based on our vision.

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Our vision is to create a more inclusive and accepting society for those living on the autism spectrum.

Autism MATES was created out of a need for a society to stand together and behind those who are affected by autism. This is explained succinctly in our Acronym: Mates Assisting To Engage Socially.

We would like to create awareness and a safe community for people like Richard and so many others who not only face the daily challenges of living with autism, but also the stigma associated with it and the bullying/teasing that follows.

It is our mission to provide practical solutions focused on inclusion.

Richard's Story:

The inspiration behind Autism MATES is an amazing young man, my son, who is on the autism spectrum. His name is Richard Habelrih. 

I started working towards making our world a better place in response to the constant and devastating bullying that he, Richard, endured at school because of his autism. 

I created a video which was simply made, it was a knee jerk reaction made in one night, asking his peers to be kind. This video reached his peers and even won first prize in the Nova Focus on Ability Short Film Festival. This video and the response I received from parents and teachers all over the world was the catalyst, the moment that changed the trajectory of mine and Richard’s lives and ultimately lead to the establishment of Autism MATES. 

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