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…

Protecting disabled people in group homes

Video: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2013/s3915884.htm Transcript TRACY BOWDEN, PRESENTER: For 30 years, the institutional model for disabled care has been disappearing across Australia. Instead, more and more people with disabilities have moved into small group homes, living in the community. For many, the change has led to better outcomes, but others have experienced disturbing incidents of abuse and…

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…

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…

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…

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…