#WAUD2024 World Autism Understanding Day – Tuesday 2 April

What is World Autism Understanding Day?

World Autism Understanding Day on Tuesday 2 April celebrates the resilience of those affected by the disorder and supports causes that promote awareness. World Autism Understanding Day also known as World Autism Awareness Day is recognised by the United Nations and marked around the world.  

In recent years, major progress has been made in increasing awareness and acceptance of autism, thanks to the many amazing autistic advocates who bring their lived experience of autistic people to the wider world. 

This year marks the 17th annual World Autism Understanding Day. The day marks the beginning of World Autism Acceptance Week and World Autism Awareness Month.

World Autism Acceptance Week, 2 – 8 April 2024

This year, World Autism Acceptance Week will take place from 2nd to 8th April 2024. World Autism Acceptance Week is always planned around World Autism Acceptance Day, which is on 2nd April. The theme for World Autism Acceptance Week 2024 is colour, so make sure that you wear as much colour as you can!

World Autism Awareness Month – April 2024

Every April we celebrate World Autism Month, beginning with the United Nations sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2.  

This year’s World Autism Awareness Month theme is.

Act Fearlessly for Change

“Today, misconceptions of autism and the frequency in which people are excluded, threaten access to the vital information, resources and support autistic people and their families need. This World Autism Month and beyond, join Autism Speaks to fearlessly stand for a world where autistic people are recognised and have the opportunities they deserve.

I will be a true friend and advocate of the full autistic community.

I will respect and support those with autism and champion acceptance, not just awareness, of differences.

I will clarify misconceptions about autism and guide others to reputable resources to help them on their journey.

I will challenge others to provide meaningful opportunities for autistic individuals and their families.

I will celebrate all wins, big or small, of the autism community.

I will #ActFearlessly and stand alongside the autism community in the pursuit of a better world for those with autism.” – Autism Speaks

Click here to pledge your commitment to #ActFearlesslyforChange

About autism

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disability that affects the way people communicate and interact with the world. Characteristics generally appear in early childhood and will be present, in some form, for life. 

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CVGT Employment commitment to inclusion

At CVGT Employment we aim to deliver services that build economic and social inclusion in the communities we operate.  

CVGT Employment is committed to building communities that are diverse, inclusive and strong. Our commitment starts with us!

Empowerment and inclusion are integral to our culture and how we live our values. We ensure our employment solutions are inclusive and respond to the diverse needs of our participants. 

We work closely with businesses and industry to build inclusive practices, improve equality, and ensure every person has access to employment. 

We have a shared vision for developing pathways to employment for people of all ages and abilities, ensuring people with disability feel included while celebrating difference.  

Celebrating our participants

A look at some of our success stories that highlight the successes of our amazing autistic participants. 

With support from CVGT Employment, Ebony finds the perfect job with Matson Catering

Who are our partnerships with?


We are working with the Certificate II in Work Education students at Holmesglen’s Chadstone campus to find and maintain suitable employment. All students must complete a work placement to meet their course requirements but these are usually unpaid and short-term. With CVGT Employment’s assistance, the students not only get paid, but continue to have work after completing the course. The success of the program to date has led to exciting expansion discussions and plans for a more formalised partnership. 

Onemda logo

We continue our close working relationship with Onemda by formalising our collaboration on their SILOS project. It introduces young people with intellectual disabilities to work and employment while in their last 3 years of school. The program, funded by an NDIS ILC grant, will deliver activities in the Melbourne North, Melbourne East, Melbourne West, Bendigo and Ballarat regions. The “model of interagency collaboration” will be formally evaluated by Australian Catholic University. 

Australian Network on Disability
Australian Network on Disability

We’ve partnered with Australian Network on Disability (AND), Employing 100 project, which aims to place 100 job seekers with disability into roles in the health care and social services sector. CVGT Employment with work closely with project employers in Melbourne to connect participants to work.

Find out more about our partnerships here

Our Programs

At CVGT Employment, we believe every person deserves the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Our programs support people with a disability to find meaningful work – that includes you.  Find out more about our programs.

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