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Today is World Autism Awareness Day. Designated in 2007 by the United Nations General Assembly, World Autism Awareness Day marks one of only four official, health-specific UN days.

Lead by health organisations like Autism Awareness Australia and Autism Queensland, Australia now celebrates Autism Awareness Month every April.

Autism spectrum disorders are often characterised by developmental delays, which appear in children as early as two and three years of age.

It is unknown exactly how and why autism spectrum disorders develop in infants, but experts at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), a Sydney-based, not-for-profit research institute specialising in brain and nervous system research, believe that it “likely comes about through a combination of genetic and environmental factors that affect the developing brain”. NeuRA estimates that autism affects 1 in 160 individuals.

At Right at Home, we care for adult Australians with several types of cognitive and physical disabilities.

Following Autism Queensland’s ‘go blue for autism’ campaign, we are calling on all Right at Home Australia staff members and their communities to wear blue today. Due to COVID-19, many organisations like Autism Queensland have had to postpone or cancel events. Despite current hardships, we can still support autism awareness by wearing blue during the month of April. Being mindful of your social distancing, keep an eye open this week as Brisbane’s Story Bridge, Victoria Bridge, and Reddacliff Place Sculptures light-up blue. Brisbane City Hall will also go blue tonight!

Keep up to date with COVID-19 information via these links:

Australian Government Department of Health

Victorian Health and Human Services

NSW Health

Queensland Health

ACT Health

WA Department of Health

Tasmanian Department of Health

Northern Territory Department of Health

SA Health

Caring for loved ones at home

As a home care provider, Right at Home Australia provides support, homecare, and assistance for people suffering from illness, to remain at home together with their loved ones through recovery. Our care services fall into several categories of home care for seniors, adults living with a disability, and post-operative care including services for those with special care situations caused by complex medical conditions. Right at Home is a 'My Aged Care' government-approved home care provider for levels 1-4 and has a comprehensive portfolio of care services that ensure your loved ones get the care they need.

If you suspect you or a loved one of having flu-like symptoms or Coronavirus, you must seek medical help as soon as possible.

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Founded in 1995, Right at Home offers in-home companionship and personal care, assistance to seniors, and adults living with a disability who want to continue to live independently or age in their home. Right at Home is your local expert for issues related to caring for your loved ones and is dedicated to keeping you informed about home care. With no admin or subscription fees Right at Home allows you to get more care from your package or budget.

Right at Home is a 'My Aged Care' government-approved, home care provider for levels 1 – 4 and offers flexible in-home care services such as nursing care, after hospital care, post-operative care, respite care, dementia, and Alzheimer's care. Right at Home also offers assistance with daily living and personal care such as grooming, hygiene, transport, shopping, meal prep, domestic services, and social support, so your loved one can enjoy a more independent, vibrant life. Our nurses and caregivers are screened, highly trained and insured prior to entering your home so you can trust us with the caregiving while you focus on your loved one.

To find out more, please give us a call on 1300 363 802 or visit our website.

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