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…

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to The Australian newspaper’s article proposing the NDIS be axed for autistic people on 26th May, 2018 This article has outdated statistics, half-baked assumptions and incites ableist views about autistic people and their very real need for support in Australia.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…

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…