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…

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…

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…

Surf dog spends New Year’s Eve helping Wounded Warriors, special needs kids

Article by Marie Coronel, 10news.com SAN DIEGO – A surfing dog named Ricochet spent the last day of the year in the water with Wounded Warriors and special needs children. Ricochet may act like a typical golden retriever. But what dog do you know helps with surf lessons? Gina Gill, 9, was diagnosed with autism. Her…

This Artist Uses Emoji to Explore Empathy, Autism, and How We Connect

Article by Devon Maloney, for Wired.com   Every emoji user has at some time argued about the meaning of at least one character. Is that grimacing face gritting its teeth in pain, or merely smiling hugely? Is that red-faced demonic dude furious, or pouting? Like any digital communication, the 14-year-old pictorial language has more than a few…

Disability Studies Quarterly

A new DSQ focusing on autism is a breakthrough in the treatment of autism. With many contributions from ASAN members and people from across in and around the spectrum. Highly recommended and will be a go to for academics and Autistics grappling with with autism, culture, disability and the future. http://www.dsq-sds.org/