Autistic Advocates condemn seclusion in box by leading service provider

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia and New Zealand is saddened, shocked and dismayed at the news that ASPECT has used a locked box to restrain Autistic people. ASPECT claims to be Australia’s largest service provider for Autistic people. ASAN AUNZ Chair Katharine Annear says “this compounds our concern that these practices could be…

Should students disclose their autism before starting university? – From THE CONVERSATION

When a new university term starts this year so will many students who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In the 1990s there was a surge of highly able young people diagnosed with ASD and today they are approaching university age. The number of students with ASD attending university is also increasing; in 2003-04 it…

Media Release: Call for equality in funding across the lifespan.

Today Minister Fifield announced another $278,000 for autism early intervention research. ASAN AUNZ believes we need to stop talking about early intervention and need to start talking about the lifespan. The CRC is funded for research across the lifespan but we continuously see that the majority of funding is going into early intervention and causation…

Autism the most common impairment under NDIS

According to report released by the NDIS ‘Autism and related disorders’ is the most common primary disability across all trial sites (30% of participants nationally). In South Australia, 46% of participants have Autism and related disorders listed as their primary disability due to the very young cohort of participants (0-6 year olds). In Tasmania, intellectual…

In Solidarity Against #StellasChallenge.

The wider Disability community is in outrage over TEDxSydney’s #StellasChallenge campaign, and ASAN is standing in solidarity. Many Disabled people are bombarded  daily with invasive and insensitive questions by non disabled people. This can be very demeaning and objectifying for People With Disabilities. Individuals are never defined by their disability alone, but this campaign seems…

Sydney Morning Herald – Most Vulnerable Workers Caught in Back-Pay Standoff

From the Sydney Morning Herald Most vulnerable Workers Caught in Back-Pay Standoff May 12, 2015 Josh Bornstein On election night in November 2013, a victorious Tony Abbott spoke graciously, foreshadowing an inclusive approach to the first term of his new government: “A good government,” he said, “governs for all Australians, including those who haven’t voted…

Children With Disabilities Australia- Media release, Budget Fails Students With Disability

From Children With Disabilities Australia Tuesday 12 May 2015 Budget fails students with disability. The 2015 Budget has failed to provide certainty for students with disability in Australia. In 2014 an interim loading for students with disability was implemented. The interim loading was rolled over in 2015 and only maintains existing levels of provision. The 2015…

MEDIA RELEASE: 1. 3 Billion for Disabled Students ; Where Will The Money Go?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 13th May 2015  1.3 Billion Dollars To Assist Disabled Students in the Classroom; But Where Will The Money Go? ASAN AUNZ believes that the Australian government’s investment in Students With Disability in the 2015-16 Budget is promising. The question now is, how will schools invest in their students? Will this unprecedented boost…