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.

SA makes history with new autism minister

Submitted by bobb on Mon, 15/8/2022 - 20:16

Tim Dornin

South Australia's autism community will get its own state government minister in a national first and a decision hailed as a major step towards greater inclusion.

Emily Bourke has been appointed assistant minister for autism in a bid to ensure people with the neurological condition are better represented.

Premier Peter Malinauskas says he has heard from many South Australians that the time has come for a dedicated effort from government to make autism a priority. 

"That is why we have created this new role," he said on Monday.

Kids on the autism spectrum experience more bullying

Submitted by bobb on Sun, 31/7/2022 - 13:34

Daniel Lin, Valsamma Eapen

A new study has found autism is the top risk factor for bullying among all neurodiversities.

Children diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism, experience various types of challenges at school. This might be due to communication, and also relationships with other children.

Accumulating evidence indicates children on the autism spectrum are more likely to be bullied.

National Guideline for supporting autistic children and their families

Submitted by convenor on Mon, 18/7/2022 - 13:51

Draft release for public consultation

Community consultation closes at 5pm (AEST) on August 29. All members of the community are welcome to provide feedback.

A draft version of the National Guideline for supporting the learning, participation, and wellbeing of autistic children and their families in Australia is now available for community feedback.

National Disability Insurance Scheme appeals at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Submitted by bobb on Mon, 4/7/2022 - 11:17

Executive Summary

This submission raises issues about the experiences of NDIS participants at the Administrative Appeal Tribunal (AAT), specifically in relation to both the conduct of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and the procedures of the Tribunal itself.

Autistic mums face stigma, misunderstanding

Submitted by bobb on Thu, 30/6/2022 - 13:24

Savannah Pocock

Imagine that you are a teenager lying on a hospital bed receiving an ultra-sound because your doctor thought that may you have some ovarian cysts.

Suddenly, the nurse’s eyebrows furrow as she hurriedly turns the screen away from view.

Naturally, you freak out. ‘What is it?’ you ask the nurse.

She tells you everything is okay, turns off the screen and leaves the room.

National autism strategy in the pipeline, with both Coalition and Labor committing to plan

Submitted by bobb on Sun, 8/5/2022 - 13:10

Australia is set to develop a national autism strategy regardless of who wins the federal election — a move that has been welcomed as a "good start" to changing community attitudes ;to children and young people with a disability.

Key points:

  • A parliamentary committee recommended an autism strategy after examining services, support and life outcomes for people with the condition
  • Both Labor and the Coalition have committed to introducing a strategy if elected on May 21
  • Advocates say a national strategy is a good start but more needs to be done

Earlier this year, a parliamentary committee that examined the services, support and life outcomes for people with autism recommended the establishment of a national strategy.

Government agency accused of being 'at war with those it should be supporting' as appeals against NDIS cuts spike

Submitted by bobb on Sat, 30/4/2022 - 09:01

Kaden McCarthy, 10, lives with autism and has difficulty using and interpreting verbal and non-verbal communication.

Key points:

  • There has been a big increase in the number of NDIS participants reporting their plans are being slashed
  • Lawyers say they cannot keep up with the demand for assistance and the appeals system is congested
  • The government says the increase in appeals reflects the overall growth in the NDIS