Website update

Submitted by convenor on Fri, 7/1/2022 - 16:08

A4's website is undergoing major upgrade. It is likely to change significantly in the coming weeks. We hope to preserve most of it's historic content and functionality.

Please be patient.

Covid-19 Vaccination

Submitted by convenor on Sat, 2/10/2021 - 09:07

Please see below links to Easy Read COVID-19 vaccination resources now available:

Fact sheet about the third dose
Fact sheet about booster doses
The difference between the third dose and a booster dose
COVID-19 vaccination consent form

These resources can also be accessed alongside other COVID-19 vaccination Easy Read resources here.

Please also see links here to a video produced by the Council for Intellectual Disability, in partnership with the Department of Health, around COVID Vaccination Stories:

COVID vaccinations, PCR and rapid tests particularly challenging for autistic children

Submitted by bobb on Tue, 18/1/2022 - 18:36

Hannah Neale

Myth Busting: NDIS won't fund that

Submitted by bobb on Wed, 12/1/2022 - 09:55

Chris Coombes

When chatting with colleagues, planners, or even looking at NDIS resources such as the “Would we fund it” page, you might come away with the impression that the NDIS doesn’t fund a specific support, that it’s forbidden. For example, someone might tell you, “the NDIS does not fund chiropractic”, or “the NDIS does not fund support worker hours for anyone under seven, or psychology for someone in prison without a release date, or yachts, yoga, spaceships, sex toys,” or… whatever. But the NDIS Act is silent on the specific supports that it won’t fund.

NDIS early intervention for autistic children - update 24/12/2021

Submitted by convenor on Mon, 27/12/2021 - 10:41

On Christmas Eve, the NDIS published its consultation outcome for young autistic children: see…

Basically, the result of consultation was that:

the NDIS should not proceed with changes it proposed for autistic children; and
families of newly diagnosed autistic children need good information.

NDIS to fund assistance dog

Submitted by bobb on Sat, 25/12/2021 - 06:44

CYHY is an 8 year old boy who has autism, social communication disorder, generalised anxiety disorder and ADHD.

CYHY’s mother requested that he be provided with an assistance dog from Smart Pups Assistance Dogs for Special Needs Children Inc. in exchange for a “donation” of $20,000 to be funded under the NDIS.

The NDIA rejected this support, and his mother appealed the decision at the AAT.

This week the AAT overturned this decision, finding that the support of an assistance dog is reasonable and necessary.

They said:

Preparing kids for life after school is tough. When your child has autism, it can be overwhelming

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 17/12/2021 - 10:45

Damian McIver

Eighteen-year-old Jake Course's life has been built around routines and familiarity.

Every day, it's toasted cheese sandwiches and raisin toast. The Wiggles and Thomas the Tank Engine. Tinkering with his dad's hot rod cars, building with Lego, and attending the Sunshine Special Developmental School in Melbourne's west.

This month, he will complete Year 12, and the school bus which has been picking him up and dropping him home for the last 13 years will come no more.

His mother Melissa Boyd has been dreading that day.

interim submission on the sustainability of the NDIS

Submitted by convenor on Sun, 5/12/2021 - 10:24

A4's interim submission on the sustainability of the NDIS is available online.

The submission contains some recent data about the number of people diagnosed formally with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and receiving either an NDIS plan or Carer's Allowance (child). These diagnosis rates are often interpreted as indicators of autism prevalence in our community.

The following data is reported in Annex A.

Grace under fire

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 26/11/2021 - 14:37

Grace Tame raised her voice and started a revolution that would change the national conversation. But being Australian of the Year has taken a toll.

Grace Tame has lost track of the number of speeches she’s given since being named Australian of the Year. She just knows she can’t keep up this pace forever.