ASAN AUNZ response to Sheltered Workshop Payout Scheme

*Information in this blog sourced from The Age: http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/disabled-workers-go-to-federal-court-over-back-pay-20140119-312rx.html By Joel Wilson, for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia and New Zealand. Under laws for Australian Disability Enterprises (sheltered workshops), many disabled staff have been ‘legally’ paid about $1 to $2 an hour despite Australia’s supposed minimum wage being $16.37 an hour. Yes, you read…

Child vaccinations drop in inner-city and bayside Melbourne

Article by Alfred Chan, for The Age A swath of inner-city, affluent Melbourne suburbs are falling below safe vaccination rates for children, leaving doctors worried about an increased risk of potentially fatal diseases. Victoria has one of the highest immunisation rates in the country, but Health Department data shows several inner-city and bayside areas, including…

Protecting disabled people in group homes

Video: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2013/s3915884.htm Transcript TRACY BOWDEN, PRESENTER: For 30 years, the institutional model for disabled care has been disappearing across Australia. Instead, more and more people with disabilities have moved into small group homes, living in the community. For many, the change has led to better outcomes, but others have experienced disturbing incidents of abuse and…

Encountering autism: Police Training DVD

Article by Michael A. Fuoco / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On a daily basis, police officers responding to calls for service face myriad questions in sizing up the people they encounter: Are they armed? Injured? Combative? Inebriated? Suicidal? On drugs? Physically ill? Mentally ill? A fugitive? A threat to themselves or others? Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen…

Hudson Valley Emergency Department Launch new Autism Friendly Service

Article sourced from News Medical HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley’s Broadway Campus Emergency Department is launching a dynamic new program to provide an “autism-friendly” experience for patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). With autism affecting 1 in 88 children, according to Autism Speaks®, the commitment to addressing the specialized needs of Emergency Department patients with…

Interior Design for Autism eBooks

Article by Levent Ozler, for www.dexigner.com The American Society of Interior Designers and Wiley Publishing have released a series of three “design shorts” explaining the ways in which the design of interior spaces can improve the experiences of autistic individuals. Over the past decade, a growing body of research has emerged indicating specific design strategies can…

A (European) World Of Happy Faces

The Orange Foundation Shoppers are invited to take part in the happy faces event at Orange shops throughout several European countries by taking a “selfie” at an Orange shop on a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or Samsung Galaxy Gear watch, then customising the photo and posting it on the happy faces websitewww.aworldofhappyfaces.com. Once the target…