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Bloggers needed: Vic Education says too many donuts cause failure to learn

We'd love for people to turn up for this hearing and blog about what the Victorian Government says (see details below).

So far the department has said that the reason for the young man’s failure to learn is that, he ate too many donuts.
Last week a department expert witness said that standardised assessments were not as good as unwritten teacher observations because, teachers have a special gift.

Last week the department lawyers and their expert witness said that people with an intellectual disability don’t learn, so no matter what you do with them they don’t improve.

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:

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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.

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