a challenge to Inclusion advocates relating to students with ASD

The following challenges advocates of full inclusion to interpret and represent accurately research findings that relate to students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or to students with a disability (PwD) when the research includes students with ASD.

Self diagnosed Asperbers - Husband

My husband will be 90 in a few months and is incredibly fit for his age. I can't take living with him any longer and want to move out on my own; if only for 6-12 months. He is planning on going back to Europe but how can I let this happen at his age having to carry luggage and all the hassles that go with overseas travel?

Questions the government should be answering.

My husband and I are the parents of 6 young adults, 5 of whom are disabled. Four of them are autistic with 3 falling in the severe to moderate range. They also all have up to 3 co-morbid disorders which are associated with autism. My husband and I did not realize we had a genetic mismatch as originally my youngest daughter was the first to be diagnosed. My three boys were diagnosed in their adolscent years which made life extremely challenging.

New workshop brings children with autism, parents and professionals closer together

Absolutely Autism has launched a new workshop that will help parents and professionals develop closer relationships with children with autism. Entitled Autism and Behaviour, the workshop will be run for the first time in Bairnsdale on 16 March by two experts in autism, Leanne Potter and Rhonda Jackson. The workshop is then planned to be run in regional centres across Australia.

safety for people with autism: improve industrial manslaughter legislation for PwD

John Stanhope, the former ACT Chief Minister, called for national laws on industrial manslaughter. He said:


Second, Australians die in mental health institutions. The Age, for example, reported in September 2011 that 36 people died unexpected, unnatural or violent deaths in Victorian mental health facilities alone between 2008 and 2010 according to Coroner's Court files.

underwhelming results from DSP "reforms"

A report1 says "the growth rate for the [Disability Support Pension] DSP is falling, with a 1.4 per cent drop in the rate between June 2010 to June 2011, compared with the previous year".

In the 2011-12 Federal Budget, the Government announced changes2 that it said would reduce DSP recipients by around 40% ... so an outcome of 1.4% can hardly be said to confirm reforms are working as intended; this is just spin.

Occupational Therapy for Autism

Ever wonder what OT can do for your child?

Occupational Therapy uses techniques developed to help children within Autism Spectrum of Disorders to better control their bodies and mind for achieving independent living. More info -->

DSM-5 Changing Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis

The way in which Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger's Syndrome, are diagnosed are going to radically change in May 2013. At the moment the DSM-4 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ) criteria is being used to diagnose and categorise Autism Spectrum Disorders, within the Spectrum there are currently 2 main categories – Autism and Aspergers.

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Puberty

At some stage your child within the Autism Spectrum of Disorders will reach puberty. It can be a difficult time for a child and parents of a child without a disability, and so for a child with a disability like Autism it can be all the more difficult.

Read about our experience and how we managed this delicate issue:

Coping with Autism Spectrum Disorder Meltdowns and Behaviours.

A child with Autism can be very prone to meltdowns in public and unfamiliar places. Meltdowns can be described as a tantrum or fit of rage as the child may be confused or stressed due over loaded sensory inputs or an unfamiliar place and situation. So how do you handle such a situation?


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