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 – this is a participatory action research looking at a card sorting tool for goal setting which will be very useful when it comes to the NDIS. 

We have contributed to the research on national guidelines for diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder by sitting on the reference committee and by attending multiple consultation sessions. 

We also play a big role in disseminating information about consultation and research opportunities Autistic people. 

We continue to work with the Australian Autism Alliance in order to keep the Autistic voice alive on the national stage. 

We continue to work with disability organisations to call for a Royal Commission into the abuse of people with disability. 

We had representation at the NDIS LGBTIQA+ consultation in Sydney. The issues of people with developmental disability including autism were discussed at length at this consultation. 

We worked in conjunction with a number of organisations to present a report into the specific challenges faced by women to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women. 

We continue to highlight the specific challenges of autistic people on days and months of significance such as the Disability Day of Mourning, Autistic Pride Day, Autism Acceptance Month and International Women’s Day.

We are, as a result of an application this year, now a registered member of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit’s Commission. We also registered for tax exemption with the Australian Taxation Office. After the AGM we will have changed our constitution so that we can receive Deductible Gift Recipient status. 

We have work with our New Zealand rep to help get national representation for Autistic people and acknowledge the ongoing struggle of  Autistic New Zealander’s in the changing face of social services.