Chair’s Report 2019

A report from out going Chair Geraldine Robertson who is retiring from the Board. Many thanks for your tireless work Geraldine. We know you are still working hard behind the scenes. Geraldine writes: We are proud to be attracting the attention of organisations as credible and strong advocates. Alliance – We have continued to be…

NDIA and DSS on notice.

The announcement of the ‘Employment Task Force’ by Minister’s Henderson and Fletcher is nothing short of a disgrace. Why? Because the task force is made up of NDIA and DSS employees; without people with disability at its core. This seems to be par for course for the LNP government though as it continues to build…

ASAN AUNZ NDIS Survey

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia & New Zealand (ASAN-AUNZ) is currently conducting research about the experiences of Autistic individuals and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The surveys take 10 minutes or less to complete, and your responses are completely anonymous. The information collected is secure and private. Data will be used to…

Chair’s Report AGM 2018

Good morning and welcome to my final report as Chair of this organisation. This year we have continued our relationship with the CRC and supported them in delivering the future leaders program by providing direct expertise. We have been an active member of the Australian Autism Alliance and our representative Geraldine has represented the views…

Perhaps The Australian Newspaper should axe Angela Shanahan

By Tessa Moodie – Neurodiversity Goddess  Response to The Australian newspaper’s article proposing the NDIS be axed for autistic people on 26th May, 2018 This article has outdated statistics, half-baked assumptions and incites ableist views about autistic people and their very real need for support in Australia. Firstly, the prevalence of autism is no longer…

NDIS Secretly Reduces Support for Autistic People

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is outraged that without notice or announcement from the NDIS the criteria for funding supports for autistic people have become more stringent. Autism Spectrum Disorder Level 2, a lifelong condition with significant communication and daily living impairments, will no longer be funded under the List A (likely acceptance) disability…

ASAN AGM 2017 Chair’s Report

We have had a busy year engaging in systemic advocacy on behalf of the autistic community.  This year we have expanded our relationship with the Autism Cooperative Research Centre and have presented in conjunction with them on several topics particularly the neurodiversity paradigm.  We are currently working on a CRC project with Dr Jill Ashburner…

A young person who appears to be female crouches in the corner with hands covering her face.

Royal Commission into Abuse Needed Now

ASAN AUNZ joins the call for a Royal Commission into the abuse of disabled people. After yet another harrowing report on Four Corners the disability community and in particular Disabled People’s Organisations are insistent that the Federal Government address the need for a Royal Commission. The Government’s response to the Senate Inquiry into  the violence, abuse…

Autism groups condemn family violence

20 October 2016 Autism groups condemn family violence Media Release – For immediate distribution Disability organisations and advocates from across the nation have spoken out together to condemn family violence and grieve the death of two autistic children this week. “We are grieving the murder of Elisa and Martin, two autistic children who have lost their childhood and an opportunity…