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COVID vaccinations, PCR and rapid tests particularly challenging for autistic children

Submitted by bobb on Tue, 18/1/2022 - 18:36

Hannah Neale

Myth Busting: NDIS won't fund that

Submitted by bobb on Wed, 12/1/2022 - 09:55

Chris Coombes

When chatting with colleagues, planners, or even looking at NDIS resources such as the “Would we fund it” page, you might come away with the impression that the NDIS doesn’t fund a specific support, that it’s forbidden. For example, someone might tell you, “the NDIS does not fund chiropractic”, or “the NDIS does not fund support worker hours for anyone under seven, or psychology for someone in prison without a release date, or yachts, yoga, spaceships, sex toys,” or… whatever. But the NDIS Act is silent on the specific supports that it won’t fund.

The 'autism advantage' at work and how it's giving firms a competitive edge

Submitted by bobb on Mon, 10/1/2022 - 21:46

Craig Allen

Gordon Douglas spent most of his 20s on welfare, struggling to find an employer who would look past his "differences" and give him a break.

The 34-year-old battled his way through job application after job application but, despite being highly qualified and intelligent, he often fell out of contention when it came to face-to-face interviews.

Being neurodiverse is not a barrier to success, but traditional job interviews might be

Submitted by bobb on Wed, 5/1/2022 - 20:11

Antonia O'Flaherty

When applying for jobs, Emma did not reveal she is neurodiverse because she was concerned prospective employers might judge her.  

"I can relate to the insecurity, to insecurities about revealing your neurodiversity, and about whether or not you would be judged on that," Ms Sellars said. 

"Or if you feel your job would be secure if you made a mistake.

'It scares me': seven-year-old Ashley loses therapy in NDIS funding cut

Submitted by bobb on Tue, 28/12/2021 - 07:10

Dan Jervis-Bardy

A Canberra couple are worried for their disabled child's future after her National Disability Insurance Scheme funding was slashed against the advice of her therapists.

Belinda and Hugh Clifford have been left distressed and demanding answers after their seven-year-old daughter's funding for much-needed therapy was cut to one-sixth of what her team of specialists had recommended.

CDC: Autism prevalence in children up significantly from 2016 to 2018, and that's actually a good thing

Submitted by bobb on Sun, 26/12/2021 - 07:50

Sam Farmer

Rather than interpret the results of this study as implying that autism is a growing epidemic and a condition which therefore is to be feared, view it instead as being reflective of the natural neurological diversity inherent in humanity, carrying unique challenges as well as strengths.

‘Best thing in my life’: Dad breaks down over autistic son’s 99.45 VCE score

Submitted by bobb on Sun, 26/12/2021 - 07:16

Jessica Wang

The father of an autistic child broke down on live radio, sharing the proud moment his family found out about their son’s top VCE score

Camille Bassanese is autistic and found comfort in a spoon set sold at Kmart before they were discontinued. Her mum Nedra D’Souza approached Kmart and they not only searched for more spoons but will bring their old range back.

NDIS to fund assistance dog

Submitted by bobb on Sat, 25/12/2021 - 06:44

CYHY is an 8 year old boy who has autism, social communication disorder, generalised anxiety disorder and ADHD.

CYHY’s mother requested that he be provided with an assistance dog from Smart Pups Assistance Dogs for Special Needs Children Inc. in exchange for a “donation” of $20,000 to be funded under the NDIS.

The NDIA rejected this support, and his mother appealed the decision at the AAT.

This week the AAT overturned this decision, finding that the support of an assistance dog is reasonable and necessary.

They said:

Jonty is the first Aussie Rules umpire living with autism to officiate at a semi-professional level

Submitted by bobb on Fri, 24/12/2021 - 21:16

Myles Houlbrook-Walk

Jonty Beard's Saturday morning ritual, honed after years of practice and discipline, sees him packing his umpiring bag, grabbing his whistle and steeling his mind.

The hard work has seen Jonty become the first person living with autism to officiate a premier league fixture in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL), the Territory's highest level of Australian Rules football.

NDIA spending on law firms to fight participants over cuts to payments

Submitted by bobb on Mon, 20/12/2021 - 18:10

The National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) spending on private law firms to battle participants appealing its decisions rose 30% last financial year, new figures show.

Data released under freedom of information laws shows the agency paid about $17.3m in 2020-21 to firms representing the agency in “external matters” such as legal challenges at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

The figure is an increase from $13.4m the previous financial year, the data shows.