New Plan To Support Victoria’s Autism Community

Submitted by convenor on Sat, 7/12/2019 - 00:00

The Andrews Labor Government has released a five-year plan to provide autistic Victorians greater opportunities for choice and community participation.

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan today launched the Victorian Autism Plan with representatives of the Autism Plan Advisory Group who contributed to the plan’s development.

The Victorian Autism Plan sets out actions to improve the lives of autistic Victorians and their families and carers, backed by $7.1 million in funding.

Positive Behaviour Support Capability Framework for NDIS providers and behaviour support practitioners

Submitted by convenor on Fri, 28/6/2019 - 00:00

The NDIS Quality and Safety Commission has published its Positive Behaviour Support Capability Framework for NDIS providers and behaviour support practitioners June 2019.

This document defines Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) as:

NSW Education: Disability Strategy, A Living Document

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 8/3/2019 - 07:48

The NSW Education department has released its latest "disability strategy" (download here).

In relation to autistic students, it says:

autistic students are 33% of "students supported by funded programs distributed by disability type 2017" in NSW (students with intellectual disability make up 40%).
"From 2013-17, enrolments of students with autism increased by ~14.5% per year" according to the Education Department's own data ... at this rate, the number of autistic students doubles every 5 years.

Abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults in NSW – the need for action

Submitted by convenor on Tue, 6/11/2018 - 09:20

Executive summary

In July 2016, the Ombudsman’s office commenced a standing inquiry under section 11(1)(e) of the Community Services (Complaints, Reviews and Monitoring) Act 1993 to examine and respond to allegations of abuse and neglect of adults with disability in community settings, such as the family home.

We started the inquiry:

report: access to the NDIS for people with impaired decision-making capacity

Submitted by convenor on Thu, 11/10/2018 - 16:33

Here is another report, this time from Queensland, describing some serious inadequacies of the NDIS with particular impact on autistic people ... though the report fails completely to mention autistic people. The report talks about people with impaired decision-making capacity; it mentions intellectual disability and brain injury, but does not mention autism spectrum disorder (ASD, which is the biggest distinct disability type in the NDIS).


The Public Trustee

We recommend that the Public Trustee of Queensland:

Vic OPA: The Illusion of ‘choice and control’

Submitted by bobb on Sat, 29/9/2018 - 00:00

The difficulties for people with complex and challenging support needs to obtain adequate supports under the NDIS

The purpose of this report is to tell the stories of some of OPA’s clients who have complex and challenging support needs, and who are not seeing the benefits that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is intended to deliver.

The human impact and harm experienced by clients when they receive inadequate supports under the NDIS is significant and the costs to them for this failure, and to all of us, have been enormous.

A future without violence for people with disability

Submitted by convenor on Tue, 17/7/2018 - 00:00

Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alastair McEwin released a report today, A Future Without Violence: Quality, safeguarding and oversight to prevent and address violence against people with disability in institutional settings.

Commissioner McEwin said that violence against people with disability in institutional settings is a significant social policy issue in Australia.

Children with disability face deep-seated discrimination in Victorian schools, Monash University report shows

Submitted by bobb on Sat, 30/6/2018 - 00:00

Victorian children with disability continue to experience discrimination, exclusion and disadvantage in mainstream government schools, according to a report by the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University.

Sarah Joseph, Director of the Castan Centre, said that while the Victorian Government has taken positive steps in recent years to improve educational outcomes for students with disability, shortcomings persist, potentially breaching children’s rights under Victorian and Commonwealth human rights and anti-discrimination laws.

a report into the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) handling of reviews of decisions

Submitted by bobb on Wed, 16/5/2018 - 10:57

Commonwealth Ombudsman Michael Manthorpe today released a report into the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) handling of reviews of decisions under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013. The report discusses systemic issues highlighted by complaints and stakeholder feedback including significant backlogs, delays in decision making and poor communication practices.