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Aussie mum who tried killing son with intellectual disability breaks her silence

Warning: these are very distressing stories.


Liz Little

In an exclusive interview with 60 Minutes reporter Liz Hayes, set to air this Sunday, a Melbourne woman charged over the attempted murder of her son blames the disability support system for her harrowing behaviour.

After spending more than three decades caring for her autistic and epileptic son, in May last year that Yvette Nichol finally “reached breaking point” and attempted to end his life.

Kids with autism less likely to be fully vaccinated

Phoebe Roth, The Conversation

Children with autism and their younger siblings are less likely to be fully vaccinated than neurotypical children and their siblings, new research from the US has found.

Of children aged seven years and older, 94% of neurotypical children had received all the recommended vaccinations for children aged 4-6 years. For those with autism, the rate was 82%.

It has been two decades since Andrew Wakefield’s now retracted and widely discredited study in The Lancet falsely linked the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism.

This new study, published today in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, suggests many parents still have concerns around vaccines and autism.

Keep the Change: actors with autism get the chance to shine in romcom

@mtredden

The director and star of a new low-budget film discuss their hopes of changing the narrative of how autism is represented in media

Brandon Polansky and Samantha Elisofon in Keep the Change. Photograph: Kino Lorber

When Rachel Israel set out to make a feature film based on a longtime friend, who has autism, and his first serious romance, casting the lead role was easy. The only person she could imagine playing her friend, Brandon Polansky, was himself.

Animal study hints at link between vitamin D and autism, but don't start supplementing yet

young boy in playground pipe

Multiple studies have found links between vitamin D and autism, but nothing is conclusive yet. Unsplash

Andrew Whitehouse, University of Western Australia and Caitlin Wyrwoll, University of Western Australia

In the last few decades scientists have been discovering the many uses of vitamin D and the possible effects of not getting enough of it. An animal study published today has found a possible link between the amount of the vitamin in the mother’s diet and her offspring’s behaviour.

NDIS and the AAT - is this a game changer?

Does your NDIS plan fall short? This article may help understand NDIS strategies and tactics ... and how you (and others) might combat them.


Budget pressures are mounting, staffing for the NDIA and its LAC partners is becoming more and more difficult, and dissatisfaction with the Scheme is growing, as the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) made a big, pointy, important decision last week.

Section 34 of the NDIS Act, the “Reasonable and Necessary” definition, is among the most important, and contentious, frameworks of the NDIS. It is used to determine what supports and services will be funded in an NDIS plan. However, its interpretation varies, almost on a day to day basis, with the NDIS trying desperately to protect its budgets. The AAT’s ruling last week on the case of young LNMT (name redacted to protect her privacy) has set a precedent that is indeed, a game changer.

'My son being diagnosed with autism was my worst nightmare'

Renay knew exactly what autism was by the time she had her first child, Anthony, because she'd been living with it most of her life.

"My brother was diagnosed with autism when he was two and I was 11," she told 9Honey. "It was always my worst fear that one of my children would be born with autism because I saw what happened to my brother."

The 36-year-old became very involved in his care, but still failed to recognise the disorder in her own son Anthony, now two-and-a-half.

How the justice system is letting down disabled offenders

By Adam Cooper

Ryan was destined for a life of disadvantage. Mum's drinking while pregnant caused fetal alcohol syndrome, and he was born with an intellectual disability into a dysfunctional family in a rural town.

Well behind from the first seconds of life, Ryan was exposed to physical and possibly sexual abuse as a child, was in state care from 11 and using alcohol and drugs in his teens. Now 21, he has been diagnosed with ADHD and has the literacy skills of a prep.

Autistic children excel in mainstream classes: Amaze CEO

Decades of research shows that children on the autism spectrum make far greater progress in mainstream classrooms than in specialist settings.

In the wake of World Autism awareness day, a campaign has been launched by Amaze called Spectrospective; a short film that will play in cinemas.

Sky News' Ahron Young had a chance to speak with Amaze CEO Fiona Sharkie.

Follow the link below to see the video ...

Waiting for the eruption: Why our autistic son had to leave to save our family

Tony Carr

It was a normal Saturday morning.

I was preparing to drive down to the local shop with my then 16-year-old autistic son Brandon to buy the newspaper and an ice cream.

Brandon looked forward to his weekend treat from dad and I enjoyed our little outing.

But this didn't turn out to be any normal Saturday morning.

Just before we were about to head out to the car, Brandon attacked his mother Joan with such ferocity it took me completely off guard.

Should this neighbour have complained about an autistic boy?

Madeleine Ryan

Expressing our emotional needs can be a tricky business. I’m autistic, and I know that it can take a lot of work. And, as Brisbane mother and full-time carer Magenta Quinn learned late last month, a neighbour demanding peace and quiet can be harder to help than a child on the autism spectrum.

Ms Quinn’s neighbour, who "wished to remain anonymous to avoid any conflict", threatened to call the council if something wasn't done about her autistic son, who hums, moans and yelps to soothe himself.

Perth childcare worker smacked, put soap in mouth to punish six-year-old child with autism

coloured soap bars

Tom Wildie

Three childcare workers have been stripped of their accreditation, with one convicted of assault, after a six-year-old child with autism was smacked and had soap put in their mouth as a form of punishment.

Kathleen Burton was charged with aggravated common assault after the incident on December 14 last year.

Connor Pangallo, who has Asperger Syndrome, hated school growing up — but now he’s heading to Flinders Uni

Conner facing the camera - wearing a cat mask pushed up on his forehead

Tim Williams

HE was dux of his Year 12 class, is starting a double degree in law and international relations, and wants to be a prosecutor — yet as a young boy growing up with Asperger’s, Connor Pangallo couldn’t stand school.

    CONNOR Pangallo was dux of his Year 12 class, is embarking on a double degree in law and international relations, and has his sights set on becoming a prosecutor.

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