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:


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.

underwhelming results from DSP "reforms"

A report1 says "the growth rate for the [Disability Support Pension] DSP is falling, with a 1.4 per cent drop in the rate between June 2010 to June 2011, compared with the previous year".

In the 2011-12 Federal Budget, the Government announced changes2 that it said would reduce DSP recipients by around 40% ... so an outcome of 1.4% can hardly be said to confirm reforms are working as intended; this is just spin.

Occupational Therapy for Autism

Ever wonder what OT can do for your child?

Occupational Therapy uses techniques developed to help children within Autism Spectrum of Disorders to better control their bodies and mind for achieving independent living. More info -->

DSM-5 Changing Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis

The way in which Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger's Syndrome, are diagnosed are going to radically change in May 2013. At the moment the DSM-4 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ) criteria is being used to diagnose and categorise Autism Spectrum Disorders, within the Spectrum there are currently 2 main categories – Autism and Aspergers.

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Puberty

At some stage your child within the Autism Spectrum of Disorders will reach puberty. It can be a difficult time for a child and parents of a child without a disability, and so for a child with a disability like Autism it can be all the more difficult.

Read about our experience and how we managed this delicate issue:

Coping with Autism Spectrum Disorder Meltdowns and Behaviours.

A child with Autism can be very prone to meltdowns in public and unfamiliar places. Meltdowns can be described as a tantrum or fit of rage as the child may be confused or stressed due over loaded sensory inputs or an unfamiliar place and situation. So how do you handle such a situation?

The Ten Best Books for Understanding and Treating Autism

Hi all.

We have done a great deal of research and reading over the years to get the best knowledge, understanding and methods for treating our daughter with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Here is a list of the ten best books we can recommend for information, ideas, methods and treatments for Autism. These are the books that we have read or have been recommended by others.


Exposing an Autistic Child to Social Events and Outings

As many of you may already know,exposing an autistic child to social events or outings can be a real challenge.
Many autistic children are susceptible to hyper sensitivity and a melt down is always a grim possibility when faced with unfamiliar sites, sounds an smells.

Here are a few tips on how to tackle this sometimes difficult task!


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