Inside purpose-built school for children with autism

Arial view of a grey colour-bond school

A school purpose-built for children with autism will open on the Gold Coast next week.

Josiah College has been custom-designed to suit the needs of autistic students who may struggle in a mainstream school environment.

Working closely with specialists in autism from the Bond University Centre for Autism Spectrum Disorder, the school's design takes into account everything from the positioning of land to the use of colours and even the movement of the school's fans.

Submission on autism/ASD and the NDIS in the ACT

A4 and SOfASD made a joint submission to the ACT Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Social Services about the NDIS. It concludes with the following section:

Conclusions and suggestions

The NDIS has enormous potential to improve the lives of Australians with disability and the whole community. But to achieve its goals, the NDIS needs to be so much better than it is now.

The NDIA seems to have issues particularly with autistic participants.

Employable Me has struck a chord but will it change employers' attitudes to disability?

Katie Sutherland, Western Sydney University

“I’m glad you can make use of my weapons grade autism”, laughs Jonathon in the ABC TV series Employable Me. He has landed a competitive paid internship, channelling his passion for accountancy. As well as a love of numbers, he has a wicked sense of humour and a way with words. And his sentiment is in line with the theme of the series, which promotes harnessing the strengths of its participants, rather than focusing on what they cannot do.

France unveils €340m plan to improve rights of people with autism

State’s treatment of autistic people had been denounced by UN and described as being ‘50 years behind’ rest of world

The French government has launched a €340m (£297m) strategy in an effort to make amends for the country’s scandalous state treatment of children and adults with autism, which has been denounced by the United Nations as a “widespread violation” of citizens’ rights.

What An Autism Spectrum Friendly Environment Can Teach Us About Good Management

    Morra Aarons-Mele

    “Why do I have to be in the office when I get more done from home?”

    As an author and speaker on the modern workplace, I hear this a lot. But let me be clear: This is not a question from someone who wants to goof off, hang with their kids, or play video games in between conference calls. That is a toxic stereotype.

    This question comes from a person who needs quiet, peace, different lighting, or time alone. Daily, their ambition clashes with misery created by sitting in a busy office environment for ten hours a day. Though they are great contributors and co-workers, they feel they can’t get their work done in their place of work, because the environment is antithetical to who they are.

    Families get together to fundraise for the Walk for Autism


    BATHURST families are half-way to their fundraising target for the Walk for Autism. 

    They gathered on Sunday at the Bathurst Community Op Shop and Bicentennial Park to walk and raise money with a barbecue.

    Funds were also raised on Saturday with a raffle of a gift voucher to the Kelso Hotel.

    Mother Fiona Prosser has been leading the charge for the Walk for Autism in Bathurst, the cause being very close to her heart.

    Community understanding of autism is growing, says Wagga mum

    Jody Lindbeck

    When Jacob Gordon was a baby, he was a noticably poor sleeper, but as many infants are not great with nighttime routines, it was perhaps not so unusual.

    However, as Jacob got older, his sleep patterns did not improve and parents Jacinta and David became increasingly concerned, especially after they began to see other issues.

    “Jacob never slept. He still doesn’t sleep. He’s a very, very poor sleeper,” Mrs Gordon said.

    ANZ and DXC Technology form autism research partnership

    Julia Gabel

    DXC Technology has joined ANZ Banking Group’s Autism@Work partnership with La Trobe University.

    The partnership supports research into helping autistic people succeed at work.

    DXC Technology Australia & New Zealand managing director Seelan Nayagam says the research is aimed at helping people on the spectrum to obtain long-term sustainable employment and to build thriving careers.

    Wearable Art 2018: Mandurah girl shines light on autism

    A 13-year-old Mandurah girl is shining a light on autism in the Wearable Art Mandurah competition, in an effort to remove the social stigma that surrounds the disorder. 

    Kiana Lee Murphy has made a jigsaw puzzle dress which represents autism, her mother Michelle said.

    “It is a metaphor for the coming together of pieces,” she said. 

    “She wants people to know every autistic child is different and they’re not all the same.”

    Artwork by artists with autism find a gallery on MRT train and stations

    Rachael Seow

    SINGAPORE - Seventeen-year-old Choo Jian Wei is not only a first-year bioengineering student at Singapore Polytechnic, but also an accomplished member of Pathlight School's Artist Development Programme (ADP).

    His "Sketch of An Eye" is one of the 10 artworks on display on board Singapore's first autism-themed MRT train and at four interchange stations.

    "The eye is a window into the soul," he said when discussing the inspiration for his pencil sketch.

    School autism project improving attendance and changing lives of children, families

    kids sitting with arms held out sideways

    Until recently, four-year-old Hussain Hussain communicated with his mother by pulling at her and pointing to what he wanted.

    He managed the odd word but could not put two together.

    His mother, Sohaila Ibrahim, suspected something was wrong and was not surprised when Hussain was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in late 2017.

    As devastating as it was, the diagnosis turned out to be a blessing, making it possible for Hussain to attend a new school specialising in learning for students with ASD.

    And the early signs have been extremely positive.

    NDIS information is unreliable

    The NDIS regularly posts its Q&A items. For example, the NDIA's Q&A - 9 April 2018 says:

    My son has Autism level 1 and not eligible for the NDIS, however he was eligible for previous government support. Why can he not access the NDIS and what other avenues do we now have?

    The ECEI approach provides an opportunity for children aged 0-6 years of age with developmental delay or disability to access timely, targeted and individualised short term support, build on family strengths and available community and mainstream supports. Early Childhood Partners will work with families and carers to link them into programs in the community which help them to support their child.

    NDIS leaving parents of children with a disability feeling stressed, let down by the process

    By Stephanie Dalzell and Elise Scott

    At 85-years-of age, Noel Thompson did not expect to still be on duty, providing around-the-clock care to his adult son Adam — who has an intellectual disability.

    For the past three decades Noel has received funding to place Adam in respite care when needed, but last year that funding was cut from the 48-year-old's NDIS plan.

    World Autism Awareness Day 2 April 2018 Empowering women and girls with autism

    Australian Autism Alliance logoMedia Release

    As declared by the United Nations, the 2018 World Autism Awareness Day focuses on the importance of empowering autistic women and girls and involving them and their representative organisations in policy and decision making to address these challenges.

    "Girls with disabilities are less likely to complete primary school and more likely to be marginalised or denied access to education. Women with disabilities have a lower rate of employment than men with disabilities and women without disabilities. ...

    'It's a horror story': Carers, family speak out on NDIS regional care

    Maani Truu & Natassia Chrysanthos

    Natalie Vernon was trying to enjoy a holiday in Tasmania last October when she received a call from her distressed daughter, informing her Mrs Vernon’s son was threatening to kill himself.

    Liam*, aged 28, has autism, developmental delay, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder, and lives full-time in disability-supported group accommodation.

    His care is managed by LiveBetter Community Services, formerly CareWest, which is the largest National Disability Income Scheme (NDIS) provider in rural NSW.

    Light within Asperger's

    FLIPSIDE Circus ensemble artist Ethan Langridge was the inspiration for a special production that sheds light on living with Asperger's syndrome.

    The production, Kaleidoscope, presented by Company 2, will head to the Sydney Opera House immediately after the Lake Kawana Community Centre performances on April 13 and 14.

    As a young teen, Ethan lives in a world that is a place of wonder - where everything is up for question.

    Wollongong Lighthouse turns blue on Monday April 2 to be a beacon of awareness for autism

    The big lighthouse at Flagstaff Hill is turning blue for World Autism Awareness Day on Monday April 2.

    The Wollongong lighthouse is changing colour as dusk to recognise and celebrate people on the autism spectrum and be a beacon for awareness.

    Glow Blue for Autism is being organised by Care & Share for Autism. The local charity supports families and people with autism by hosting inclusive events where everyone has the opportunity to have fun and be themselves without judgement.


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