Asperger teen takes State to court over education.

Disabled student takes state to court Miki Perkins December 31, 2008 A VICTORIAN teenager with multiple disabilities is suing the Education Department for discrimination, claiming it failed to provide him with a full-time education. Alex Walker, 13, and his mother, Paige Walker, have launched legal action against the State of Victoria, claiming he was not…

Coroner’s findings on Asperger death

December 3, 2008 – 6:54PM http://news.smh.com.au/national/coroner-backs-aspergers-accommodation-20081203-6qkj.html   A South Australian Coroner has called for permanent accommodation to be set up for children with Asperger’s Syndrome, following an inquiry into the death of a teenager two years ago. Rowan Wheaton, 18, hanged himself from a door knob in a temporary housing facility at Christies Beach, south…

Media watch – watch your language AAP

Article from:  Australian Associated Press AUSTRALIAN rockers The Vines have cancelled all their upcoming shows after the deterioration of singer Craig Nicholls’ mental condition. Nicholls suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of autism, which causes him to behave erratically. The band has cancelled appearances at the Homebake, Pyramid Rock and Big Day Out festivals,…

Autism Misdiagnosed? From the ABC.

Children misdiagnosed with autism [This is the print version of story http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2008/s2418004.htm] PM – Wednesday, 12 November , 2008  18:38:00 Reporter: Annie Guest ASHLEY HALL: There’s been a worldwide rise in cases of autism spectrum disorder, yet the definitive cause and cure remain elusive. Experts say diagnosis of the condition in Australia is patchy, because doctors…

Autistic group have impact on national regional arts festival

From the Wimmera Mail Times: ORGANISERS of the 2008 Awakenings Festival have called the event a huge success. The annual 10-day event held in Horsham is Australia’s only regional disability arts festival. Awakenings Festival director Jacinda O’Sullivan said this year’s event was about diversity rather than just disability. “The personal highlight for me this year…