Experts call for disability register

Angela Harper-Erini
November 12, 2008

 

Queensland health experts are seeking a national register of children with disabilities after claims that children have been wrongly diagnosed as autistic to secure disability funding.

Labor backbencher Dean Wells tabled figures in the Queensland parliament on Tuesday indicating that one in every 50 children in the state was diagnosed as autistic.

The figure, obtained from parliamentary library research of government records, was three times the international average.

"Shaping Queensland's Guardianship Legislation: Principles and Capacity" - Community forums

State-wide community forums hosted by the Queensland Law Reform Commission (QLRC). For further information, please email qlrcguardianship@justice.qld.gov.au or telephone 07-32474544.

Source: Stephanie from Queensland Parents of People with a Disability (QPPD) steph@qppd.org.au

 

 

The Dangers of Autism

Here is a very disturbing story from the media in the USA.

Autism in America: A Perilous Diagnosis
By RADHA CHITALE
ABC News Medical Unit
Nov. 6, 2008

Liane Willey's father always told her that, if she was ever in trouble, she should find a policeman and ask for help.

In college, Willey befriended a young campus policeman. Recalling her father's advice, she asked him to escort her home late one evening rather than walk alone. Instead, the officer drove away from campus, took her to his trailer home, and raped her.

Does rain cause autism?

Uncertainty over what causes the syndrome has become a trigger for wild speculation, says Mark Henderson

Autism is a highly heritable disorder, which is strongly influenced by genes. But it is not a genetic condition in the same way as Huntington's disease or cystic fibrosis, in which mutated DNA is the one and only cause. It is influenced by environmental factors, but what they are we do not yet know.

The nature and impact of caring for family members with a disability in Australia

by Ben Edwards, Daryl J. Higgins, Matthew Gray, Norbert Zmijewski, Marcia Kingston

Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2008.
ISBN 978-1-921414-02-2. ISSN 1447-1469 (Print); 1477-1477 (Online).

Full Report - The nature and impact of caring for family members with a disability in Australia (PDF 3.3 MB)

heather davis

Hi Everyone,

I have a seven year old high functioning asperger's boy and would like to hear from any one who has similar aged asperger's children who live in the Ballarat area. Because i work day shift i can not get to the asperger's group meetings but i would really like to just meet for coffee and get to know other parents with asperger's children.

heather.davis3@bigpond.com

 

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