Advocacy

The following list shows A4's recent advocacy. This list contains both submissions and communications (letters & emails).

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.

Free Webinar: What's in the Senate Inquiry Report on Autism?

Submitted by convenor on Sat, 26/3/2022 - 16:44

The Australian Autism Alliance is holding a webinar on Tuesday 29 March (from 12.15pm-1.00pm) at which Chair of the Select Committee, Senator The Hon. Hollie Hughes, and Deputy Chair, Senator The Hon. Carol Brown will outline the report’s key findings and recommendations.

A4's Monique Blakemore will be chairing.

Click here to Register.

 

Brief & meeting with Health officials - autism is a distinct disability

Submitted by convenor on Mon, 24/1/2022 - 16:24

On 17/1/2022, A4 and a couple of our friends from the autism sector met (via video-link) with several officials from the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. A4 provided a briefing document for the meeting (see below). Following is a summary report on the meeting.

Positives for A4 and the autism sector in Australia from the meeting were that

RE: Escalating risks for people with disability from Omicron and access to RAT and PCR tests

Submitted by convenor on Fri, 7/1/2022 - 12:24

Subject:RE: Escalating risks for people with disability from Omicron and access to RAT and PCR tests [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]
Date:Wed, 5 Jan 2022 21:52:49 +0000
From:Lowe, Jamie <Jamie.Lowe@ndis.gov.au>
To: ...
CC:...

Dear Bob

Thank you for drawing this to my attention. We endeavour to align all our messaging to Health messaging to avoid confusion and will immediately review our website and social media content to ensure that the information we provide is up-to-date and aligned to Health messaging.

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.